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Saturday, April 19, 2014
ANTIBIOTICS & WEIGHT GAIN
Long-term treatment with antibiotic caused weight gain of 4 to 29 lbs in one-fourth of patients
One-fourth (23%) of patients treated long-term with the antibiotic, doxycycline (100 mg twice a day), plus the antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine (600 mg daily), gained from 4 to 29 lbs after one-year according to a study from France.
Treatment was associated with lower concentrations of three gut bacteria, Bacteroidetes, Firmicutes and Lactobacillus.
“[This suggests] that long-term doxycycline treatment lead to significant changes in weight in [some people and is associated with changes in gut bacteria],” the authors concluded.
“These results are consistent with previous studies showing that doxycycline is associated with weight gain in undernourished children in developing countries and in healthy US army recruits.”Read the entire article | Email this article
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