Many medications stimulate appetite and lead to weight gain. Patients complain of a ravenous appetite and the inability to feel full. Weight gains of 40 to 60 lb (15-30 kg) in a few months are not uncommon.
A complete cholesterol test — also called a lipid panel or lipid profile — is a blood test that can measure the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. Knowing your cholesterol levels is an essential part of understanding your own risk for heart disease. High cholesterol levels usually don't cause any signs or symptoms, so a cholesterol test is an important tool. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone over age 20 get a cholesterol test. Experts recommend follow-up cholesterol testing every five years for most people. People with abnormal lipid panels, or who have other risk factors, may need more frequent cholesterol exams.