Serious Side Effects For Kids Taking Psychiatric Drugs

A worrisome effect is emerging for children on widely used psychiatric drugs, major weight gain and obesity.

A new study says many kids pack on nearly 20 pounds and become obese within just 11 weeks of taking such drugs.

Dr. Christopher Varley, a psychiatrist with Seattle Children's Hospital, says occasionally, "you can actually see them grow between appointments." he says the study results are "sobering."

Weight gain is a known possible side effect of the anti-psychotic drugs which are prescribed for various behavioral problems. The new study in mostly older children and teens suggests they may be more vulnerable to weight gain than adults.

Researchers also worry about increases in blood fats including cholesterol, which, tied to weight gain, may make children more prone to heart problems in adulthood.

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  • by PUREBREAD on Oct 28, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    Why put a kid on PSYCHIATRIC drugs.What are they trying to do make them PSYCHO!Wait tell OBAMA has his way with health care.If you aint a DEMOCRAT HE WILL BRAIN WASH YOU WITH DRUGS OR THE MEDIA WILL.We will all be limp wristed ZOMBIES that cant take care of ourselves.ZOMBIES-YES WE CAN YES WE CAN YES WE CAN OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA!GOOD GREIF CHARLIE OBAMA!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 at 02:25 PM
    Drugs for ADHD are NOT the drugs they are talking about.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    My niece is actually losing weight from the drug she takes for ADHD. We brought her school clothes and tried them on her and they fit in August. Now my sister have to pen them to get them to fit.
  • by Steve Location: Rocky Mount on Oct 28, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    Well duh.

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