Antidepressant use up

October 28th, 2011 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

Antidepressant usage is the topic of a recent data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The paper shows that 11% of Americans over 12 years of age take antidepressants. More than 60% taking antidepressants do so for 2 years or longer with 14% taking the medication for 10 years or more. Less than 1/3 taking one antidepressant has been seen by a mental health professional in the past year. Usage is heaviest among white women. Products – Data Briefs – Number 76 – October 2011

Why is this important for obesity? Because most antidepressants cause weight gain.  According to a recent meta-analysis, amitriptyline, mirtazapine and paroxetine were associated with weight gain. Weight loss was associated with fluoxetine and bupropion. Antidepressants and body weight: a compreh… [J Clin Psychiatry. 2010] – PubMed – NCBI

On average, there is a 1-3kg average weight gain on antidepressants. Weight gain, obesity, and psychotropic prescribing. [J Obes. 2011] – PubMed – NCBI. Thus, the continuing high usage of the antidepressants which cause weight gain and the long duration of weight with low medical oversight indicates a point of intervention to prevent further health problems in the population taking these drugs. Click here for information on other FDA approved drugs which cause weight gain.