Managing weight gain as a side effect of antidepressant therapy

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ABSTRACTWeight gain caused by antidepressant drugs is a major reason for patient noncompliance with treatment and poor treatment outcome. Knowing which drugs are more likely to cause weight gain in the short term and the long term is essential to any discussion with the patient about the risks vs the benefits of antidepressant therapy. Informing the patient up front about the chances of weight gain and what can be done if it occurs helps build a strong physician-patient relationship and promotes good treatment outcomes.


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