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John Batsis, MD

Side effects are common with almost any medication. What’s less common are side effects that can complicate your recovery from the very condition you’re looking to treat. Case in point: medications that can cause weight gain.

“Often, we think of side effects that cause more [physical] symptoms — dizziness, stomach problems, fatigue,” said John Batsis, MD, associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine. “Weight gain, though, can creep up on you.” And for patients who have other medical issues — osteoarthritis or high blood pressure, for example — “the excess weight can potentially worsen” those conditions.”

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