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Wednesday 25 August 2004

[Psychotropics and weight gain]

By: Sahli Ch, Bryois Ch.

Schweiz Rundsch Med Prax 2004 Aug 25;93(35):1393-401

Weight overload and obesity became these last years a major health problem. However gain weight is a frequent side effect of a large number of psychotropics. This article proposes to discuss this potential while reviewing various molecules. This reveals that the atypical antipsychotics are most likely to induce weight gain, in particular clozapine and olanzapine. The tricyclic antidepressants and mirtazapine come next, with the majority of the mood stabilizers. The old antipsychotics seem to involve less gain of weight. The SSRI make lose weight in the first weeks of treatment, but induce a moderate weight gain on the long term.

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