by Shalyn Roberts
Dec 11, 2008 |
According to representatives at
“In some animal studies, they have found an increase of enzymes in the brain directly related to appetite,” said
He said that some people may be more susceptible to weight gain than others, but in general, people don’t need to worry about gaining too much weight on medication. Newer technology and research has also found ways around impacting weight, resulting in new drugs that don’t have a high risk of side effects.
“The newer anti-depressants and anti-psychotics don’t have as high a risk on weight gain as they used to,” said Shurtz.
However, Shurtz does agree that for some people, weight gain can still be a problem with medication. “You have to make priorities in that case,” he said. “Do I want to take the medication and risk gaining weight or feel the way I do all the time?’
He said diabetics tend to gain weight anyway, and the other two categories of highest risk are anti-depressants and anti-psychotics. A table is typically provided to doctors and pharmacists with details on just how high the risk of gaining weight — and other side effects — really is.
“I don’t think anyone would argue that it is not an issue,” said Shurtz. But, he said changing life-style and eating habits will always help a person to be more healthy.
“It’s just harder for some than others, and medication affects everyone differently.”
Shurtz did say that in trials that have been run, large groups of people taking these medications have been able to loose some weight simply by changing their eating habits. He said it is true that some people don’t realize medication doesn’t necessarily make a person gain weight, it simply increases a person’s appetite. “It just depends on the individual.”