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Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more


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Is there any kind of weight gain formula available over-the-counter?

Is there any kind of weight gain formula available over-the-counter?

Yes: Although, not specifically designed for the purpose of weight gain, high calorie protein rich formulations, such as boost, ensure, carnation, are usually indicated for people experiencing weight loss. ...Read more

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I read that antidepressants cause weight gain due to insulin resistance. If I take zoloft, (sertraline) I can counter weight gain taking L-glutamine and L-leucine?

I read that antidepressants cause weight gain due to insulin resistance. If I take zoloft, (sertraline) I can counter weight gain taking L-glutamine and L-leucine?

Chromium pic: Chromium picconalate helps regulate glucose and Insulin very effectively. SSRIs and related meds affect serotonin in the gut and other areas besides the brain. The GI tract has lots of serotonin receptors. The mechanism of meds affecting blood sugar isn't fully clarified. ...Read more

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I take seroquel (quetiapine) for my bipolar disorder what vitamin can I take to counter act the weight gain and help with weight loss?

I take seroquel (quetiapine) for my bipolar disorder what vitamin can I take to counter act the weight gain and help with weight loss?

Seroquel (quetiapine) & weight: There is no known vitamin depletion associated with taking seroquel, (quetiapine) but it is associated with weight gain, Insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes in some people. For best results you'll need to make sure you're exercising daily, and eating healthy whole (non-processed w/trans fats) foods -- emphasizing veggies & high-fiber carbs (brown rice, if any) rather than rapidly absorbed sugars. ...Read more

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Can u recommend weight gain pills please?

Can u recommend weight gain pills please?

None: There are no pills to help gain weight. If someone wishes to gain muscle mass to aid in participation in some sports that benefit from this (rugby, football, etc) then a supervised weight training regimen, with a normal diet high in low fat sources of protein is the typical pathway. ...Read more

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Which pills actually cause real weight gain?

The list is to long: To write. Please let us know if there are specific medications you are interested in. The question needs to be narrowed in order to provide you with an answer. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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Do pain pills contribute to weight gain?

Do pain pills contribute to weight gain?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that there would be any direct relationship between pain medication and weight gain. Anyone using pain medication for an extended period of time should be doing so under the supervision of a doctor and if there are concerns regarding side effects, this doctor should be alerted to them (weight gain however is not one that comes to mind). Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I didn't gain weight while on Rigevidon, 4 years ago. Does it mean that I will never weight gain if I use that pill again?

Not necessarily: It is likely you won't but there is no way to know for sure since our bodies and our life styles change over time ...Read more

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What pills to take for weight gain?

What pills to take for weight gain?

Proper diet: A proper diet can do more for you than pills. Consult a nutritionist. ...Read more

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What are some safe pills to take for weight gain?

Remember: First you have to figure why your weight is suboptimal. The key to treat an issue like this - really any issue in life- is to first figure out the root cause. It allows for more guided, specific treatments. ...Read more

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Can the abortion pill cause extreme weight gain?

Not directly: The abortion pill contains an agent that blocks progesterone, then another which causes the uterus to contract. There is nothing to expect long term effects on hormone status and weight gain. Sometimes, there is "post-abortion depression" which can lead to weight gain. Otherwise, it is wise to check with your gynecologist for thyroid and hormone levels. ...Read more

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Ca you gain weight using weight gain pills while hiv+?

Ca you gain weight using weight gain pills while hiv+?

Sure: The real question is why you would want to. A lifestyle change is far more effective. Your muscle mass is a function of your genetics and how hard you force your muscles to work in your job or fitness regimen. Your body fat is calories in versus calories out. Many people who take protease inhibitors for HIV prefer a low body fat look because fat when present tends to distribute in odds ways. ...Read more

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Will primolut cause weight gain if taken 3 pills daily for 3 days?

FindWhatWorksForYou: That's pretty quick, but in this world almost anything can happen (just ask Art Bell). Primolut seems to be noted for its fluid retention side effect (like most progesterone-like medications) so, yeah, you can start on your merry way to weight gain in three days. But if that doesn't suit you, talk to your doctor about something else. Primolut wasn't the first, and won't be the last, progestin ...Read more

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Is practin a bad drug to take for weight gain? What's the side effects if I stop the pill?

Are you refering to: Periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride)? Periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) can cause weight gain by increasing appetite. It is antihistamine and through this effect, it stimulate appetite. It is used off label for this purpose. I am not aware that prolactin is used for weight issue. It is entirely a different category of drug. Thank you. ...Read more

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How can I go about asking my female dr for diet pills? I'm struggling with fast weight gain. Size 16 to 20 and its affecting my daily life.

How can I go about asking my female dr for diet pills? I'm struggling with fast weight gain. Size 16 to 20 and its affecting my daily life.

Diet pills: There are many effective approaches to weight loss that do not include diet pills as a strategy. Those approaches should be exhausted prior to diet pills. Talk to your physician. Sorry but there is no better plan than the hard work that comes with proper nutrition & exercise plus it puts you in control....Good luck! ...Read more

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Type2diabetic W/BADstomach cnt take pill My Dr is startin me on low dose insulin What the weakest nonrefrigerated low weight gain Insulin I can afford?

Type2diabetic W/BADstomach cnt take pill My Dr is startin me on low dose insulin What the weakest nonrefrigerated low weight gain Insulin I can afford?

What can you afford?: Hi. I don't think any of us can answer what insulins you can or cannot afford! No question about it, diabetes is an expensive disease, but remember, complications from poor control ALWAYS cost more than good, tight control does! Unfortunately, the best drugs are the most expensive (analog insulins and GLP-1 analogs). Talk with your doc, and see if you qualify for medicaid. Good luck & good control ...Read more

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I find it very hard to gain weight. I have tried quite a lot of things, weight gain shakes, pills and even working out but l still cannot go above 50kg?

I find it very hard to gain weight. I have tried quite a lot of things, weight gain shakes, pills and even working out but l still cannot go above 50kg?

See Dr., then eat...: If one is truly underweight (based on height, family background, and body type), a Dr. Can evaluate for a hormonal, digestive, or other disorder. If no medical cause is found, then one can add weight by eating more calories of nutritious foods, while also doing weight-training to increase muscle. Proteins: egg white, chicken breast, salmon, . .. Better fats: olive oil, peanuts, almonds, tofu, . ... ...Read more

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Which is best for endometrosis the shot or the pill? Which one won't cause as much weight gain or side effects?

Continuous pills: The continuous (3 months+ no period) pills affect weight gain far less than Depo provera (medroxyprogesterone) shots. ...Read more

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My energy is always drained and I have an increase in my apetite and weight gain, are sliming pills safe to loose weight and boost my energy?

My energy is always drained and I have an increase in my apetite and weight gain, are sliming pills safe to loose weight and boost my energy?

No, they are not: There are a number of medical conditions which can produce the symptoms you are describing, such as pregnancy or thyroid disorders. Dietary supplements intended to increase your energy and promote weight loss will likely be an additional burden on your body. Sensible diet, exercise and a complete physical with your physician are much better alternatives. ...Read more

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TheOrtho cyclen pills could cause weight gain? What are the worst secondary effects? I have irregular and long lasting periods. More than a month.

TheOrtho cyclen pills could cause weight gain? What are the worst secondary effects? I have irregular and long lasting periods. More than a month.

Insulin effects, CVD?: It may cause potential insulin resistance and is also may contain a progestin that has some male hormone effects which can cause thinning hair, hair growth in unwanted places. In smokers deep vein thrombosis may occur in overweight and obese women who smoke with CVD and worse. Low dose Orthocyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) may cause bleeding between cycles, while the full dose drug can in obese cause breast and uterine cha ...Read more

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10 days ago, I started taking phyto soya pills, twice a day, 17.5 mg each, for menopause mainly hot flashes. I noticed a weight gain, is it to blame?

10 days ago, I started taking phyto soya pills, twice a day, 17.5 mg each, for menopause mainly hot flashes. I noticed a weight gain, is it to blame?

Perimenopause: Weight changes during the menopausal transition anf menopause are very common complaints. Central obesity is prevalent and can lead you to heart disease. Caloric intake, excercise and hormonal variations will lead to your weight change issues. ...Read more

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How to combat weight gain caused by contraceptive pill?

How to combat weight gain caused by contraceptive pill?

Exercise/Diet: I know it is difficult but only way you can control your body not to gain weight by cutting calories and exercising regularly to burn some clories and speeding up your metabolim. ...Read more

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Expert opinion please: could taking pills for acne like zinc cause weight gain?

Expert opinion please: could taking pills for acne like zinc cause weight gain?

No: Zinc is not an evidence-based remedy for acne. I'd discourage you from doing this as you'll upset your stomach and can make yourself copper-deficient. Generally, you'd do best to ignore internet disinformation sites about acne treatment and focus on what works. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, make an appointment to see your physician. ...Read more

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Does the morning after pill cause weight gain?

Does the morning after pill cause weight gain?

No: I do not think so because you only need 2 doses -take the second dose 12 hours affer the first dose afer unprotected intercourse within 72 hours as emergency contraception. It may cause some nausea insome pt but no wt gain. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of excess water weight gain without taking pills?

How do you get rid of excess water weight gain without taking pills?

Work out/salt down: Increase your exercise and decrease your salt intake. This is the easiest way to decrease excess water weight. ...Read more

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Which contraceptive pill is recommended for lower weight gain? I am 23 years old. Thank you!

Any lower dose: Contemporary contraceptives don't have near the weight gain as the birth control pills from decades ago. Most pills have 25 or less micrograms of estrogen. They have more spotting in between periods, but with less estrogen, there is less effect on weight gain. ...Read more

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Can folic acid pills cause weight gain?

Can folic acid pills cause weight gain?

Upon review was: Uanble to find any references to weight gain on Folic Acid - however, it can cause anorexia (lack of appetite). ...Read more

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Can someone taking a birth control pill control weight gain?

Can someone taking a birth control pill control weight gain?

Yes!: Contrary to popular belief, birth control pills do not cause true weight gain. Some birth control pills, particularly the higher dosage pills, may cause a slight amount of water retention. As long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise, you can control your weight. ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant on the days of your sugar pills if you failed to take the pill same exact time everyday? Pills were used for weight gain before.

Can you get pregnant on the days of your sugar pills if you failed to take the pill same exact time everyday? Pills were used for weight gain before.

No: A woman is protected on all the days of her cycle if she is using her birth control pills correctly (because her ovulation is prevented). However, life is not perfect, and a few women do get pregnant while using birth control pills. ...Read more

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I took the Plan B Onestep pill today. I am concerned it may cause weight gain. I eat healthy and exercise regularly. Does it cause weight gain?

I took the Plan B Onestep pill today. I am concerned it may cause weight gain. I eat healthy and exercise regularly. Does it cause weight gain?

Not usually: It contains the same medications as are found in oral contraceptives. Keep eating healthy and exercising. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to do about birth control pill and weight gain?

Can you tell me what to do about birth control pill and weight gain?

Watch diet: Birth control pills do not actually make you gain weight. It all comes down to how many calories you eat and how many calories you burn each day. Pregnancy causes actual weight gain. Try to increase activity and make lower calorie food choices. ...Read more