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Antipsychotic drugs associated with weight gains of 2 to 22 pounds
Thursday, April 14, 2005 5:29 am Email this article
Many antipsychotic drugs are associated with weight gain. Solian (amisulpride), Geodon (ziprasidone), and Abilify (aripiprazole) are associated with weight gains of less than 4.4 pounds, however, Zyprexa (olanzapine) has been associated with a large weight gain of between 8.8 and 22 pounds according to a paper from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
Newcomer J. Metabolic risk during antipsychotic treatment. Clin Ther. 2004 Dec, 26(12):1936-46.
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Washington University School of Medicine
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On Apr 16, 2005 at 4:12 am Randy Smith, MD wrote:
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The vast majority of anti-psychotics, and anti-depressants for that matter, cause weight gain. Unfortunately this side effect is often minimized by drug companies eager to promote their products. Doctors who prescribe these medications ?off-label? for non-psychotic illnesses are doing their patients a disservice.
Randy Smith, MD
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