Does Your Medicine Make You Gain Weight?

Some prescription drugs that lower blood glucose may slightly raise the number on your scale. Here's how to fight the fat and prevent unwanted weight gain.


Diabetes medications are effective at lowering blood glucose, but they also can cause you to gain weight.

"Weight gain is a frequent yet unrevealed side effect of insulin and a few other categories of blood glucose lowering medicines," says Marty Irons, R.Ph., CDE, a clinical community pharmacist in Vermont and member of the Diabetic Living editorial advisory board.

Irons says weight gain doesn't have to be permanent, and your health-care provider should help you balance blood glucose control with your weight.

Avoid extra pounds caused by medication with these easy-to-follow tips: