Can Anti Inflammatories Cause Weight Gain?

Weight Gain

Yes, some anti-inflammatory medications can potentially cause weight gain as a side effect, although not all of them do.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin are commonly used to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. While weight gain is not a common side effect of NSAIDs, they can cause fluid retention, especially when used at high doses or for long periods. This fluid retention can lead to temporary weight gain.

Corticosteroids, another class of anti-inflammatory medications, are more likely to cause weight gain as a side effect. Corticosteroids like prednisone can increase appetite and cause fluid retention, leading to weight gain, particularly in the face, abdomen, and back of the neck.

The extent of weight gain and its likelihood can vary depending on factors such as the specific medication, dosage, duration of use, individual metabolism, and other underlying health conditions. It’s essential for individuals taking anti-inflammatory medications to discuss potential side effects with their healthcare provider and to monitor their weight and overall health regularly. If weight gain occurs, healthcare providers can help manage it through adjustments to medication regimens, dietary changes, exercise, or other interventions.

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