Psychotropic Medications and Nutrition


Learn about how to overcome the effects of medications on appetite and eating behaviors.

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Free for SCAN members, this is an Evidence-Based resource from the Sports Dietetics - USA subunit of SCAN.

Registered Dietitians who work with people who suffer from eating disorders need to be knowledgeable about medications used in the treatment of this population, recognized as highly distressed and at high risk regarding self-harm, suicidal ideation and suicidal attempts (Moore et al, 2013).

Some psychotropic medications are associated with health concerns related to weight and appetite, changes in appetite, food and nutrient interactions, and may provoke other health concerns related to recovery. RDs working in this specialty area need knowledge regarding pharmaceuticals, drug-nutrient interactions, bioavailability, neurobiology, genetics and familial health risks.

Psychotherapeutic medications may result in metabolic adverse effects (impaired glucose tolerance, dyslipidemia, bone density, cardiovascular disease (Moore et al, 2013) and affect nutritional status. Among the numerous factors that influence adherence/non-adherence to medication and nutrition recommendations, fear of weight gain, fear of side effects and social stigma may influence patient behaviors and relapse risk.

The information provided is not exhaustive, but rather intended to help RDs in nutritional assessment, monitoring, and treatment, as well as support communication regarding coordination of care.

Intended Audience: RDs, Healthcare Professionals

Published 2014

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