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 most likely to cause weight gain. About 75% of patients on olanzapine gain up to 4.5 kg in 10 weeks. But some gain more with long-term use.

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