An Extra Perk

Anti-Depression Drug Shown to Help Lose Weight

| Dec 1, 2001

A study in the September issue of Obesity Research suggests that the anti-depressant drug bupropion (Wellbutrin) is effective at producing weight loss.

According to Reuters Health, the study is the first randomized, placebo-controlled trial to show that the drug may be effective in non-depressed, obese subjects.

Researchers from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, randomized 50 non-depressed overweight and obese women in an eight-week trial. Subjects began with once-daily, 100-mg doses of Wellbutrin or placebo. Dosages were gradually increased to 200 mg twice daily. Patients who responded to therapy continued treatment for an additional 16 weeks.

The patients were also prescribed a 1,600-calorie-per-day diet and were given food diaries to help ensure compliance.

Reuters reports that over the first eight weeks, Wellbutrin-treated subjects achieved a mean weight loss of 4.9 percent, compared to 1.3 percent by placebo-treated subjects. The average weight loss among the 14 Wellbutrin patients who completed 24 weeks of therapy was 12.9 percent with fat accounting for most of the loss.

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Food, Health Research, Weight Loss

Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12th Annual Product Reference Guide
  • Insulin Syringe Chart
  • Insulin Pen Needles Chart
  • Fast-Acting Glucose
  • Sharps Disposal
  • Blood Glucose Meters Chart
  • Insulin Pumps Chart
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...

Username: Password:
©1991-2015 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.