Call to warn SSRI patients about weight gain

Patients taking antidepressants should be advised to watch their diet to avoid putting on weight, Australian researchers suggest.

SSRI use, combined with poor diet and lack of exercise, is associated with modest but continual weight gain, according to the results of a four-year study of more tha.

The study of more than 2300 people found that the 400 taking antidepressants gained as much as 0.3kg a year, compared with an average of 0.12kg in non-users.

The weight gain was mostly associated with SSRIs, with regular users (more than two prescriptions a year) gaining almost 0