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Recent weight loss

Recent weight loss is encountered rarely on Symcat. We will add more content to this page if enough people like you show interest.

What causes it?

The most common causes of recent weight loss are diabetes, obesity, and hypovolemia. Other possible causes, such as metabolic disorder, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with recent weight loss, 62% report having nausea, 51% report having vomiting, and 46% report having decreased appetite.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with recent weight loss often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, radiographic imaging procedure, glucose measurement, urinalysis, electrolytes panel, kidney function tests and x-ray computed tomography .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with recent weight loss include glyburide, sildenafil (viagra), hydrochlorothiazide / triamterene, sodium hypochlorite topical, fenofibric acid (trilipix), flunisolide nasal, hydroxyurea, cyproheptadine, levonorgestrel, insulin detemir (levemir), azathioprine, diatrizoate and bumetanide .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for recent weight loss include race/ethnicity = other, age 60-74 years, age 45-59 years and age < 1 years.

Age

< 1 years
1.9x
1-4 years
0.5x
5-14 years
0.2x
15-29 years
0.6x
30-44 years
0.5x
45-59 years
1.8x
60-74 years
1.6x
75+ years
1.0x

Sex

Male
1.3x
Female
0.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.0x
Hispanic
0.8x
White
0.9x
Other
2.3x
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