BMI May be a Factor in How Depressed People Respond to Medication

BMI  May be a Factor in How Depressed People Respond to Medication

BMI, Other Patient Factors Help Pinpoint Best Antidepressant, posted by Medscape Psychiatry one 5-5-17, reviews research that finds that depressed patients with high BMIs respond better to venlafaxine-XR (Effexor) and escitalopram (Lexipro) in comparison to other antidepressants.

The researchers theorized that depression with anxiety tends to contribute to weight gain due to excessive eating, and these medications affect appetite. This info may be used by mental health professionals treating patients with depression and obesity by suggesting that they consult their prescriber about possibly use of these medications. Accessing the article requires a subscription, which is free.

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