Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
February 21, 2008
Question from India:
I am 48 years old and weigh 100 kg (222 pounds). For my type 2 diabetes, I take metformin and ayurvedic therapy. I need psychiatric medicine due to overflow of unwanted thoughts regarding some improper oppressive things with me. But, most anti-psychotic medicines either lead to weight gain (obesity) or higher blood sugars. Do you know of any anti-psychotic drugs that would not lead to weight gain or increased blood sugars? I have been on flupentixol dihydrochloride.
In general, you are correct that a good number of anti-depressant medications cause increased weight gain. At some point, however, you need to weigh the relative importance of the treatment versus the side effects. I would check with your psychiatrist as to which of the drugs would be most helpful for your condition and you can see how it works. Knowing a drug can increase appetite can sometimes allow you to compensate. Your psychiatrist may best know which drug to use and answer your questions along these lines.