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Antihistamine Use Linked to Extra Pounds

People who use prescription antihistamines could be more likely to gain excess pounds. The significance of the link is not yet clear.

Researchers found that prescription antihistamine users were more likely to be overweight or obese. A recent study found that 45 percent of antihistamine users were overweight, as opposed to only 30 percent of those not taking the medications.

Reuters reports:

“The researchers stress, however, that the findings do not prove that antihistamines are the cause of the extra pounds. This type of study, known as an observational study, can only point to an association between two variables — in this case, antihistamine use and body weight — and cannot prove cause-and-effect.”

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