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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is drug-induced obesity?

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

Symptoms of drug-induced obesity

  • Overweight

  • Unintentional weight gain of more than 2 kg/month

  • On psychiatric medications or sleeping pills

  • Taking steroids

  • Decrease in ambition and motivation

  • Difficulty sleeping (Insomnia)

  • My calorie intake exceeds my calorie usage

Questions your doctor may ask to check for drug-induced obesity

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose drug-induced obesity

  • Do you feel you have put on weight across your whole body (not just around the tummy)?

  • Do you have unintentional weight gain of more than 2 kgs in one month?

  • Are you currently taking any medications for psychiatric condition or sleeping pills?

  • Are you currently taking steroids (e.g. Prednisolone, Hydrocortisone, Dexamethasone)?

  • Do you feel you have less ambition, motivation or willpower lately?

Treatment for drug-induced obesity

Medication that is 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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