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Can medicines cause extreme weight gain?

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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics

In brief: Steroids mostly

Steroids (prednisone, decadron, (dexamethasone) etc) can cause rapid increase in weight due to increased hunger. Some antidepressants cause mild increase in weight.
Basic testing by your doctor might also check for deficiencies in thyroid, iron, b-12, as metabolic causes for weight gain.

In brief: Steroids mostly

Steroids (prednisone, decadron, (dexamethasone) etc) can cause rapid increase in weight due to increased hunger. Some antidepressants cause mild increase in weight.
Basic testing by your doctor might also check for deficiencies in thyroid, iron, b-12, as metabolic causes for weight gain.
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