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New study shows risk of weight gain for users of antipsychotic drugs

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More evidence that certain drugs can cause diabetes…

Young children and adolescents who take the newest generation of antipsychotic medications risk rapid weight gain and metabolic changes that could lead to diabetes, hypertension and other illnesses, according to the biggest study yet of first-time users of the drugs.

The study, to be published Wednesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association, found that 257 young children and adolescents in New York City and on Long Island added 8 to 15 percent to their weight after taking the pills for less than 12 weeks.

Source: Rapid Weight Gain Linked to Antipsychotic Drugs – NYTimes.com