13 Drugs That Can Make You Gain Weight


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Depakote (valproic acid)

Depakote is used to treat bipolar disorder and seizures, and prevent migraines.

A 2007 study of epilepsy patients found that 44% of women and 24% of men gained 11 pounds or more while taking Depakote for about a year. The drug affects proteins involved in appetite and metabolism, although it's not clear why it appears to affect women more than men.

Lithium, another mood stabilizer for treating bipolar disorder, is also associated with weight gain, albeit less than Depakote.

Next: Prozac (fluoxetine)

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