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Can I take Practin and Decdan to gain weight?

Can I take Practin and Decdan to gain weight?

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Answered by

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At August 19, 2017
Reviewed AtJune 15, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a 23-year-old female. My height is 5 feet 3 inches and I weigh 90 lbs. I need to put on weight. I have fast metabolism. Can I take Practin and Decdan tablets? It is suggested by one of my friend.

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

The tablets Practin (Cyproheptadine hydrochloride) and Decdan (Dexamethasone) would just add water retention in the body and not increase the muscle mass. So once you leave it, your body shall return back to low weight itself. So, Practin and Decdan are not recommended for instant weight gain. Gradual weight gain is always advisable. An increase in 500 kilocalories per day can result in increasing the body weight by 1.10 lbs per week

Eat plenty of healthy fats. Have egg yolks, meat with animal fat, coconut oil, and other healthy fats. Increase calorie intake of healthy foods that include bananas. Chew the food properly to improve digestion. Keep a track of your weight gain as this is essential. It is healthy to increase approximately 11 to 13 lbs per month. The right combination of healthy food, exercise, correct breathing, rest and sleep go a long way in healthy and happy life.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sameer Kumar
Dr. Sameer Kumar

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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