Medications are the Culprits of Weight Gain

Medications are the culprits of many people’s struggle with weight gain. This is a major problem in our society right now. Of course a person that is generally healthy and makes the effort to exercise, should not have that many medical conditions.  However, the environment and genetics get in the way of things.

And sometimes we can control it, but the only way to do that is to take medications.  Or at least that’s what the doctors tell us. Are there alternative types of treatments?

Can Prescription Drugs Cause Weight Gain

Well, there are alternatives, there are natural remedies. Not only the kind you have to buy at a special store, but also basic eating & living healthy types of practices.  But we don’t get much education on these types of treatments.

There are also healthy treatments to be found with essential oils, acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy, meditation, nutrition, and physical therapy.

Not everyone you see that has a few extra pounds or doesn’t fit the stereotypical idea of “lean and fit” is necessarily unhealthy.  At my gym, many people show up of all ages and sizes.  Many of them are there regularly. Are they unhealthy? No. They are healthy, they are physically fit, and eating a healthy diet.

Problem is that for one reason or another many people have to take a medication that inhibits their ability to lose weight. Problem is that far too many medications cause weight gain.

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  • Steroids
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Migraine medications
  • Beta Blockers
  • Diabetes Medications
  • High blood pressure drugs
  • Heartburn drugs
  • Antihistamines
  • Hormones


Medications That May Cause Weight Gain  – Dr. Oz

Drugs That Cause Weight Gain In Women – Livestrong

What does a person do? How does a person lose weight?

A lot it depends on what you take the medication for.  If it’s for something major, something that cannot be controlled without medicine, then I suppose you make do.  You exercise, you eat healthy, you take your medicine, and you be confident with yourself because you are the healthiest YOU! If you stop taking the medicine and lose your health, you’re not the healthiest you (even if you are skinnier).

If you take the medicine for something that might be controlled another way, and it’s not going to significantly impact your health.  You could do some research, definitely discuss the idea with your doctor, and try out some small, slow changes. Many times, you can find that some regular physical activities along with the right types of foods and/or vitamins can reduce symptoms.

The issue exacerbates though, because the health experts recommend asking for an alternative medicine.  When you’re taking medication for something like depression, and you switch, it’s usually not an easy process to find an alternative medicine without the weight gain side effect.  It’s not easy to find an alternative without a host of other side effects that can impact your daily life.

However, the struggle is much more real in that some of the health issues have already caused a person to have ongoing troubles with cravings, fatigue, sluggishness, or digestive issues.  These factors often lead a person to have difficulty staying healthy. Especially when you know that losing pounds is not going to happen easily.

And then, the medication that works…causes you to gain more weight.

Time to start that diet

What does a person do?

Experts recommend being proactive with your doctor, but I realize that is not always helpful.

The other tips are the same for anyone that wants to be healthy.

People in this situation need to

  • Establish an accountability system,
  • Motivate
  • Get support
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get moving & stretch on a daily basis
  • Choose healthier foods that are more filling
  • Use relaxation exercises.

Consider lifestyle changes that are known to be effective in reducing the symptoms of your health issue.

If you are doing the right things and your weight isn’t putting you at risk

Don’t let your weight get you down if this is your real issue.  Weight does not equal health.

I feel like an effort needs to be made to help the general public on this issue, because it’s a very big issue.  I don’t feel like our healthcare providers are effectively helping people become healthier by focusing on pharmaceuticals as a main course of treatment.


It has become a standard for people to have a list of medications, a whole list.  I know for sure that if I took a whole list of medications that I would not be able to manage my weight, I would have digestive issues, and possibly sleep or anxiety issues.

I have controlled water retention, inflammation, depression, anxiety, bronchitis, common colds, and to some degree sinus issues with my health patterns.

In searching for some useful tips on losing weight when combatting medication side effects, the information was useful.  However, it still aimed on treating with simple ways (that aren’t always effective) and alternative pharmaceuticals.  There was little mention in the benefits of non-pharmaceutical treatments.

While many of these conditions can be more severe, requiring a person to stay on medication.  If people were better educated and more successful at implementing alternative treatment options, it is highly likely that they would be able to reduce the amount of medication they need to take to have a healthy quality of life!

 ♥ BE YOU ♥




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  1. It’s ironic that when a doctor prescribes us medication, we usually have to take another medication to combat the side-effects of the first one and so on and so on. I have to take meds for Chronic Fatigue and Sciatica, so i understand this dilemma!

    1. Same here, I gained lots of weight on a certain type of birth control. My doctors at the time never addressed it with me.

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