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What medications can cause obesity?

Some medications have been shown to increase weight gain. They include: medications for bipolar disorder (including lithium, clozapine and olanzapine); medications for type 2 diabetes (sulphonylureas such as chlorpropamide and thiazolidenes such as pioglitazone); beta-blocker medications for high blood pressure (hypertension) such as propranolol; tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline; steroids, and; insulin.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 13 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Childhood immunizations

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