I was trying to wean myself off my allergy meds because I have been getting allergy shots and was hoping to reduce the number of pills I am taking. I have also read that antihistamines in general, and my drug in particular, have been known to cause weight gain, not just from water retention but also from increased appetite. With my family history of diabetes, I can't afford a 7-pound-per-year weight creep.
And it worked! Check out the chart below. It's even more dramatic than it looks because the diamonds, not the red line, represent the data points, and the red line is the line of best fit.
Unfortunately, at the same time I tried this experiment, I also got bronchitis. I didn't go to see a doctor, because all my sources suggested it was probably viral and all the doctor would do is suggest rest, fluids, etc. I also took Mucinex to help clear the congestion in my lungs. Friday night, I realized that I should also go back to my normal dose of allergy medicines in case my little experiment was contributing to my problem.
Guess what? I instantly felt better and saw the weight start to creep up on the scale. Apparently my choice is between being thin and being able to breathe? I have to breathe. I already have the size-14 clothes.
I have an appointment to see the allergist in a couple of weeks to discuss this issue. I am hoping they will take the issue seriously. It seems a silly thing but, again, I like having both my legs and in my family, fat people get diabetes. That's no good either.
I wonder how much of our "obesity epidemic" might be able to be chalked up to the side effects of various drugs. I find it frustrating that this effect was never discussed with me. It is on the patient insert when I go to the pharmacy, but wasn't mentioned by my doctor.