Which medications may cause weight gain in children and adolescents?

Updated: Dec 01, 2020
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Medications that may cause weight gain in children and adolescents include the following:

  • Cortisol and other glucocorticoids

  • Megace

  • Sulfonylureas

  • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)

  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), such as phenelzine

  • Oral contraceptives

  • Insulin (in excessive doses)

  • Thiazolidinediones

  • Risperidone

  • Clozapine

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