Antidepressants can make you fat, a new research suggests. Scientists have found that antidepressant use may contribute to weight gain.
The most commonly used antidepressants were 21% more likely to experience an increase in obesity levels than those not taking the drugs according to a research conducted at King’s College London. The research was published in The BMJ.
“Patients who were normal weight were more likely to transition to overweight, and overweight patients were more likely to transition to obesity if they were treated with antidepressants,” said Rafael Gafoor, a primary care and public health researcher at King’s College London and also study co-author.
The research team led by Rafael Gafoor examined e body weight and body mass measurements of about 300,000 people. Doctor recorded their body mass index (BMI) minimum three times between 2004 and 2014.
Then they formed the groups of participants considering their BMI, their weight and monitored them over the next 10 years. They also looked at other factors like age, diseases, and smoking habits.
Results found that participants who consumed antidepressants were more likely to increase weight. Other factors such as age, disease, and health problems like diabetes or cancer didn’t have much of an effect on the findings. Some antidepressant drugs including mirtazapine and citalopram were more associated with weight gain than others.
Gafoor said, “It’s important to stress that no patients should stop taking their medication and that if they have any concerns they should speak with their doctor or pharmacist.”
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