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  • Unintentional weight gain

  • Experienced sudden weight gain without a clear reason

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is Drug-Induced obesity?

Drug-induced weight gain is a side effect of many commonly used drugs, such as long-term steroid medication. This often leads to obesity-related health problems. Due to the weight gain, some patients discontinue the medication.

Symptoms of Drug-Induced obesity

  • Taking steroids

  • Unintentional weight gain of more than 2 kg/month

  • On psychiatric medications or sleeping pills

  • Decrease in ambition and motivation

  • Overweight

  • Difficulty sleeping (Insomnia)

  • My calorie intake exceeds my calorie usage

  • Thinned skin that is easily bruised

Questions your doctor may ask to check for Drug-Induced obesity

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose Drug-Induced obesity

  • Are you currently taking steroids?

  • Have you gained more than 4.4 lbs / 2 kg in one month without trying?

  • Are you taking any psychiatric medications or sleeping pills?

  • Do you feel less motivated lately?

  • Have you gained weight all over your body, not just around your stomach?

Treatment for Drug-Induced obesity

Medication causing weight gain should not be discontinued without consulting the doctor. Management of weight gain includes dietary changes and exercise. Medications to manage drug-induced weight gain may be prescribed.

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References

  • Ness-Abramof R, Apovian CM. Drug-induced weight gain. Drugs Today (Barc). 2005 Aug;41(8):547-55. doi: 10.1358/dot.2005.41.8.893630. PMID: 16234878.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16234878/

  • Singh S, Ricardo-Silgado ML, Bielinski SJ, Acosta A. Pharmacogenomics of Medication-Induced Weight Gain and Antiobesity Medications. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2021 Feb;29(2):265-273. doi: 10.1002/oby.23068. PMID: 33491309; PMCID: PMC8215694.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8215694/

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Hidetaka Hamasaki, MD

Hidetaka Hamasaki, MD (Endocrinology)

Dr. Hamasaki graduated from the Hiroshima University School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Medicine, Jichi Medical University. He completed his residency at the Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital and the Department of Internal Medicine, Kohnodai Hospital, National Center for Global Health and Medicine. He has served in the National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital and Kohnodai Hospital and joined Hamasaki Clinic in April 2017. Dr. Hamasaki specializes in diabetes and treats a wide range of internal medicine and endocrine disorders.

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