Laura Fochtmann, MD, Offers Expert Advice in Newsday about Antidepressants and Weight Gain

Professor of Psychiatry Laura Fochtmann, MD, was quoted extensively in a January 6 article in Newsday’s Health section on the use of antidepressants and weight gain. The article, titled “Antidepressants can raise mood and weight” by Randy Dotinga, addresses some of the complex relationships between the use of antidepressants and changes in weight.

Dr. Fochtmann is quoted as saying, "The bottom line is that there are no straightforward answers to the challenges of weight gain with antidepressants. Each individual has a unique set of symptoms, circumstances and feelings about weight and weight gain."

Dr. Fochtmann noted that weight gain may be more risky for people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. She recommended that people who gain weight while using antidepressants consider consulting with a registered dietician as well as initiating a conversation about it with their psychiatrist or primary care physician.