Metformin to Control Antipsychotic-Induced Weight Gain in Children
The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Volume 9, Number 4, May 2018
Adam Strassberg, MD
Psychiatrist in private practice in Palo Alto, CA. Contributing writer to the Carlat Report newsletters.
Dr. Strassberg has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Metformin has been used off-label for weight loss in psychiatry for many years, much of it for help with adult weight gain as a side effect of atypical antipsychotics. However, most trials of metformin for weight loss were actually conducted on the child and adolescent population. This article will look at the quality of the data in our pediatric population of 3 studies, and then come up with some recommendations for your practice.