7Once your doctor puts you on a prescription medication, knowing the list of possible side effects can be challenging.
While it may be tempting to overlook that fine print completely—after all, the advantages of being on the medicine will hopefully surpass the negatives, and experts agree it’s important to know what you might face. “Certain medications are associated with weight gain, but that doesn’t mean that if you take one of them, gaining weight is necessary,” states Prudence Hall, MD, an integrative gynecologist at the Hall Center in Santa Monica, California. Shilpi Agarwal, MD, a board-certified family physician in Washington, DC, agrees. Her biggest recommendation is to make sure you get a correct starting weight before you even fill the prescription, and when you start taking it, check your weight again in 2 weeks. Below are 6 types of medications that tend to cause weight gain, and what to do to try to avoid these side effects.