A number of drugs prescribed to treat common conditions, such as hypertension, allergies, depression, inflammation, and diabetes, block your ability to lose weight. Several of these drugs actually cause weight gain, and most doctors fail to inform their patients of such side effects. Among the drugs that block weight loss are:
- Beta-blockers: metoprolol, atenolol, carvedilol, and propranolol
- Antidepressants: amitriptyline (Elavil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), doxepin, paroxetine (Paxil), trazodone, and others
- Steroids: prednisone and hydrocortisone (but not inhaled or nasal steroids for allergies)
- Antihistamines: diphenhydramine (Benadryl), fexofenadine (Allegra), cetirizine (Zyrtec), cyproheptadine (Periactin), and others; note that the widely used sleep aid Tylenol PM contains diphenhydramine
- Lyrica for fibromyalgia and pain
- Valproic acid (Depakote) for seizures
- Actos and Avandia for prediabetes and diabetes
- Insulin: Injectable insulin can actually be responsible for astounding quantities of weight gain.
Obviously, attempts to reduce or eliminate these drugs should be undertaken with the cooperation of your health care provider, as most of these drugs should not just be stopped.
Discuss with your doctor how and why you would like to do this. If you encounter resistance or ignorance, or a refusal to discuss or answer your questions, find a health care practitioner who will work with you.
Don’t be surprised, if your doctor denies that these drugs block weight loss or cause weight gain, even though such associations have been demonstrated repeatedly in clinical trials.
Your physician also may not recognize that many of these drugs were unknowingly prescribed to treat the consequences of wheat and grain consumption in the first place.
Nothing does more to free you from dependence on medications than grain elimination. This simple act can free you from all of the performance-impairing effects of prescription drugs.These include fatigue from antidepressants, mental fog caused by beta-blockers (for hypertension and migraine headaches), sleepiness and helplessness caused by chronic pain medications, and abdominal pain caused by anti-inflammatory drugs. Going grain-free can mean eventually breaking free from prescription medications once and for all.