01 August 2008

In some people, overweight or obesity may be related to a medical condition, or a medication they are taking, which interferes with their weight loss efforts.

In some cases, specific treatments for your medical condition, or a switch in medications, can make a difference in your efforts to manage your weight.

If you have, or think you might have, any of the conditions on this list, or you are taking any of the medications listed, speak with your doctor about measures you should take to manage your weight.

Some Medical Conditions that May Make it Difficult to Lose Weight

CategoryCondition
Hormonal DisordersHormonal disorders
Polycystic ovarian disease
Cushing's disease
Diabetes
Hypothyroidism
CardiovascularCongestive heart failure
Idiopathic hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Heart valve disorders
SleepObstructive sleep apnea
Upper airway resistance syndrome
Eating DisordersBulimia
Carbohydrate craving syndrome


Medications that May Cause Weight Gain

ConditionMedication
AllergiesAntihistamines (such as Claritin, Allegra)
High blood pressureAlpha blockers (such as Hytrin, Cardura)
Beta blockers (such as Betapace, Blocadren, Tenormin)
Methyldopa (Aldoment)
ContraceptionProgestins (a component of certain oral contraceptives, such as Lo/Ovral and Ortho-Tri-Cylcen)
DepressionTricyclic antidepressants (such as Norpramin and Sinequan)
DiabetesInsulin
Sulfonylureas (such as Diabinese and Glucotrol)
EpilepsyValproate (such as Depakene)
Manic-depressive illnessLithium (such as Eskalith and Lithobid)
SchizophreniaNeuroleptics (such as Zyprexa and Risperdal)


Can diet pills and supplements help with weight loss?

Although diet drugs may help you lose weight at first, they usually don't help you keep the weight off and may have damaging side effects. Most diet pills have not been tested by the Food and Drug Administration, which means you can't be sure if the drugs are safe. Taking drugs also does not help you learn how to change your eating and exercise habits. Making lasting changes in these habits is the way to lose weight and keep it off.

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