Early Metformin Minimizes Antipsychotic-Induced Weight Gain
Psychiatrists should prescribe metformin early to patients who experience rapid weight gain after they begin taking antipsychotic drugs, according to a new evidence-based Irish guideline for the management of this common complication in adults with psychoses who are taking medications. The document was discussed during one of the sessions of the XXXV Argentine Congress of Psychiatry of the Association of Argentine Psychiatrists (APSA 2022), which was held from April 27 to 30. The document also was presented by one of its authors at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) 2022, which took place in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from May 4 to 7.
@milan-0 The guideline encourages psychiatrists not to underestimate the adverse metabolic effects of their treatments and encourages them to contemplate and carry out this prevention and management strategy, commented María Delia Michat, PhD, professor of clinical psychiatry and psychopharmacology at the APSA Postgraduate Training Institute, Buenos Aires, Argentina.