if their MEDS can cause weight gain

Patients often ask if their MEDS can cause weight gain.

Atypical antipsychotics are notorious for causing weight gain, which might increase the risk of diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

Clozapine (Clozaril) and olanzapine (Zyprexa) are the biggest offenders...aripiprazole (Abilify) and ziprasidone (Geodon) the least. About 75% of patients on olanzapine gain weight...up to 10 pounds in 10 weeks. But some patients gain much more with long-term use.

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