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Do Medications Make You Gain Weight?

Medication Pill: Yum-yum! Eat-eat! More-more!
Caption: Are Your Meds Making You Gain Weight?

Depression Medications

  • citalopram (Celexa)
  • fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • mirtazapine (Remeron)
  • paroxetine (Paxil)
  • sertraline (Zoloft)

Mood Stabilizers

  • Clozapine (Clozaril)
  • Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid)
  • Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
  • Quetiapine (Seroquel)
  • Risperidone (Risperdal)

List from WebMD. But it is a short list.  I just found it funny the first two categories, on their list, were depression drugs and mood stabilizers.

The fact is many drugs will have weight gain as a side effect. But we also must note that if we are dealing with depression or other disorders our diet may change dramatically.  While WeMD noted that some meds have been the cause of a 25lb gain per year….other factors still have to be, dare I say, “weighed”…lol

Coming from a once 405lbs guy…Still fighting his battle down to 360lbs, I can tell you, it’s not easy.  Do the meds slow the process of weight-loss? sure!  Do they add to the weight gain? They did, for me, until I knew what meds to try to avoid and reduce.  Still, I have to balance that with a lot of other factors.  Below are some Mental Health Cartoons I’ve drawn about this subject.




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11 16 2012 Mental health humor - Family Stew - I don't have poor communications skills, I just have fat-finger

Mental Health humor Eating Disorders Hungry Hungry Hippo clip art

The Family Stews BackYard Swiming Pool

You havent dieted till you've done the medieval diet2012 Mental Health Humor - Pizza Validation Pizza Valadation - by Chato Stewart 455

Awesome Dude
July 2013




Do Medications Make You Gain Weight?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2015). Do Medications Make You Gain Weight?. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 7, 2020, from


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