If you wonder why you’re not losing weight despite all your best efforts, you may need to look in an unlikely place: your medicine cabinet. Some common drugs that help your health, like those for depression or joint pain, may actually cause you to gain weight.
Some of the most notorious culprits are steroids, birth control pills and antidepressants, but you may also find that heartburn and hypertension medications can cause you to pack on pounds quickly too. As much as 10 pounds in a month.
While you may be tempted to stop taking the drug, consult your doctor first. Abruptly cutting out certain drugs may be dangerous to your health, and it’s possible that your doctor can find an alternative medication. In fact, some drugs in the same class may actually cause weight loss. For example, Paxil and Zoloft for depression are known to cause weight gain. However, antidepressants Wellbutrin and Prozac can help you drop or maintain your weight.
Plus, a check-up is in order if you gain or lose weight quickly. There may be another medical reason for it, or it could simply be water retention caused by the medication.
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