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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 893629, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/893629
Review Article

Weight Gain, Obesity, and Psychotropic Prescribing

1SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA
2Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA
3Depression and Anxiety Disorders Research Program, Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA
4Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA

Received 15 June 2010; Revised 25 November 2010; Accepted 9 December 2010

Academic Editor: S. B. Heymsfield

Copyright © 2011 Nikhil Nihalani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A majority of psychiatric medications are known to generate weight gain and ultimately obesity in some patients. There is much speculation about the prevalence of weight gain and the degree of weight gain during acute and longitudinal treatment with these agents. There is newer literature looking at the etiology of this weight gain and the potential treatments being used to alleviate this side effect. The authors undertook a comprehensive literature review in order to present epidemiology, etiology, and treatment options of weight gain associated with antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and antidepressants.