Drug-induced weight loss
Medications associated with weight loss include antibiotics, acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, sedatives, serotonin reuptake inhibitors, antiretrovirals, anticonvulsants, antifungals, antidiabetics, tyrosine kinase inhibitors, monoclonal antibodies, and alkylating agents.
Management targets the cause of weight loss by minimizing the adverse effects of medications and reevaluating prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, dietary or herbal supplements, and interactions of multiple drugs. Management includes patient education, improving dietary intake, modifying diet, adding flavor enhancers to food, and achieving adequate hydration. Megestrol (to increase appetite) and other drugs have been introduced to counter the effects of drug-induced weight loss. Some have been found effective, although less so with older patients.
T50.995A – Adverse effect of other drugs, medicaments and biological substances, initial encounter
89362005 – Weight loss