Dr.Armughan Riaz
M.B.B.S, Dip Card
Consultant Cardiologist


High Blood Pressure Medication and Weight Gain

High Blood Pressure Medication and Weight Gain, Some beta blockers, particularly the older ones, such as atenolol (Tenormin, Blokium, atenol) and metoprolol mepressor, merol, Toprol-XL) could cause an average weight gain of about 5 lbs

High Blood Pressure Medication and Weight Gain

If you are trying to drop extra pounds and never getting anywhere? Possibly gaining weight on medicines? Are your prescription drugs slowing your weightloss?

Prescription drugs are common foundation of weight problems. These fall into following big categories:

1-High Blood Pressure Drugs Trigger Weight Problems:

Some beta blockers, particularly the older ones, such as atenolol (Tenormin, Blokium, atenol) and metoprolol mepressor, merol, Toprol-XL) could cause an average weight gain of about 5 lbs. Newer beta blockers, such as Carvedilol (carveda) have much less weight gain potential

Avapro, a newer anti-hypertensive agent has been reported to produce both weight issues: gain and weightloss.
Different, non beta blocker, hypertension medicine that may cause weight gain or difficulty shedding weight,  include

Atacand® (candesartan). Cozaar® (losartan)
Migraine Drugs Cause Weight Gain
Cardura® (doxazosin),Hytrin® (terazosin),Minipress® (prazosin), Altace®(ramipril),
Lotensin® (benazepril), Vasotec® (enalapril), Prinivil®(lisinopril). Zestril®

2- Anti-depressants, Mood Stabilizers, Anti-Psychotic Medication:

These Drugs can also cause Weight Difficulties: Overall 25% probability of gaining weight

The earliest antidepressants drugs including Elavil, Tofranil, and Zyprexa (an anti-psychotic drug) are a source of significant weight changes. Other outdated drugs together with Parnate, Nadil and Remeron, also have significant weight problems.. Newer antidepressants have less potential for weight troubles.. The brand new anti-depressants Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac and Effexor are the modern medicine with a weight gain potential, however not as great as the older drugs. Wellbutin is an anti-depressant that is not within the SSRI group and does not trigger weight gain. The truth is weight loss has been reported. Newer medication like Celexia and Lexapro cause the least weight gain in this group. Some researchers really feel the weight changes my be on account of improvement in the depression.

3-Steroids, Estrogens, Diabetic  Drugs

Numerous different drugs have been associated with unusual weight modifications. The estimate is there are over 50 medication known to cause weight gain. These medication are well known factors of weight issues and comprise Steroids: both legal and prohibited, this contains prednisone, testosterone, and estrogens.

Corticosteroid Medicine Include
Betamethasone} (Celestone)
Cortisone (Cortone) Dexamethasone (Decadron)
Hydrocortisone (Cortef)
Methylprednisolone (Medrol)
Prednisolone (Prelone)
Prednisone (Deltasone)
Budesonide (Entocort EC
Anabolic Steriods (most are illegal)
Diabetic Drugs Inflicting Weight Problems.
Insulin may cause hypoglycemia (low-blood sugar), which stimulates appetite.

Sulfonylureas -- resembling Diabinese (chlorpropamide), Amaryl (glimepiride), Glucotrol (glipizide), and DiaBeta or Glynase (glyburides) -- The thiazolidinediones -- Actos (pioglitazone) and Avandia (rosiglitazone)- produce fluid retention and the increase accumulation of fats inside of fat cells.

Other Drugs Causing Weight Gain

Valproic acid (VPA), Gabapentin
Reported Weight problems in a couple of other drugs:
Antihistamines such as Nytol® Benadryl® (diphenydramine)
Antibiotics such as Bactrim or Levoquin Anti seizure medicine: depakote

What to do

if you happen to suspect your medicines could play a job in weight gain or even simply causing difficulty in weight reduction?
First, never stop them cold turkey. Which may be even worse. Keeping in mind that everybody responds to these medicine in a different way, switching from one to another one can typically can lessen the weight problems. It is advisable to see your personal physician who advised the drugs to make the correct changes.


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Alexandre from evZPNshZXUITd
A gluten free diet is often high in caloeirs. The gluten free alternatives like bread, cakes, cookies etc have more fat and sugar than the non-gluten free ones. This is because gluten keeps these items together (gluten=glue). When you take the gluten out, the food often falls apart and doesn't taste very good. So they add extra sugar, oils, fats and salts to keep it together and taste decent.So the best piece of advice is to remove all gluten free alternatives and eat a naturally gluten free diet as much as you can. So eat things like rice, eggs, fruit, nuts, vegetables, fish, meat etc etc.I've been on a gluten free diet for 5 years and I weigh less now than when I was diagnosed (I've lost about 15kgs=33lbs)Good luck =] .
Posted at 8:50:am 06/02/12
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