Weight gain

Clinical Update

Tricyclic Antidepressants: When and How to Use Them

Topics: Antidepressants | Dosing | Side Effects | Treatment-Resistant Depression | Weight gain

Tricyclics have been used in psychiatry since the 1950s, when imipramine was introduced as the first mass-marketed antidepressant. Fluoxetine and the other SSRIs largely supplanted the tricyclics in the 1990s, but these medications still have their uses.  There are two kinds of tricyclics:  Tertiary amines—the “originals” Secondary amines—t

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Clinical Update

Battle of the Bulge: Obesity and Antipsychotic-Induced Weight Gain

Topics: Aripiprazole | Benzphetamine | Bupropion | Diabetes | Diethylpropion | Exercise | Insulin resistance | Liraglutide | Metabolic syndrome | Metformin | Naltrexone | olanzapine | Phendimetrazine | Phentermine | Samidorphan | Semaglutide | Side Effects | Topiramate | Waist circumference | Weight gain | Ziprasidone

Many psychiatric medications cause weight gain, including mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and especially antipsychotics. Most weight gain secondary to antipsychotic use occurs in the first 6 months of therapy, so it’s important to monitor weight closely and intervene early in a patient’s treatment. We counsel patients at every visit about healthy

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Expert Q&A

Weight Gain and Metabolic Side Effects

Topics: Aripiprazole | Clozapine | Diabetes | Exercise | Insulin resistance | Liraglutide | Metabolic syndrome | Metformin | olanzapine | Quetiapine | Risperidione | Samidorphan | Side Effects | Topiramate | Waist circumference | Weight gain | Ziprasidone

CHPR: Dr. Marder, can you please tell us about your work? Dr. Marder: Sure. My work has focused on pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches to improving the outcomes of serious mental illnesses, particularly schizophrenia. I’m very interested in ways to combine psychosocial interventions with pharmacological approaches and to reduce adverse side

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Research Update

New Combination Treatment Mitigates Antipsychotic-Induced Weight Gain

Topics: Metabolic syndrome | olanzapine | Opioid antagonist | Samidorphan | Schizophrenia | Weight gain

Review of: Correll CU et al, Am J Psychiatry 2020;177(12):1168–1178 To date, we have had no FDA-approved medications to mitigate antipsychotic-­associated weight gain (AIWG). This will soon change, thanks to recent research showing that samidorphan, an opioid receptor antagonist, appears to significantly lessen weight gain associated with the use

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Research Update

Weight Gain From Aripiprazole Same as Risperidone

Topics: Antipsychotics | Aripiprazole | Autism | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Risperidone | Weight gain

Review of: Schoemakers RJ et al, J Child Adolesc Psychopharm 2019;29(3):192–196 Many providers prefer aripiprazole over risperidone for young patients due to observed lower incidence of weight gain. This is supported in studies with follow-up of less than 3 months. However, does aripiprazole fare better with long-term use? Researchers reviewed r

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In Brief

Lybalvi: The Diet Olanzapine

Topics: Antipsychotics | Metabolic syndrome | Metformin | News of Note | Novel drug | Obesity | olanzapine | Side Effects | Waist circumference | Weight gain | Weight Loss Medications

Lybalvi is a new combo pill that aims to overcome the dreaded metabolic effects of olanzapine by pairing it with the opioid antagonist samidorphan. Patients still gain weight on Lybalvi, though not as much as they do on olanzapine. In the three controlled trials that compared the two drugs, the weight gain on Lybalvi was 5 lb less at six months, 3 lb le

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Brief Clinical Update

Metformin ER Recalled Due to Cancer Risk

Topics: Antipsychotics | Generics | Metformin | Weight gain | Weight Loss Medications

Metformin is often prescribed to our patients to prevent weight gain on antipsychotics, but recently the FDA discovered that large batches of various metformin ER formulations may be contaminated with a carcinogen. Voluntary recalls of metformin ER began in May 2020 and have continued to the present. The result is drug shortages, fear, and an unanswered

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