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always tired
Aug 21, 2003

Doc...glad your back..and love your sense of humor!!! first..I think I have been tested for all situations that might cause fatigue, but will go back and check. I am tired...and I seem to be waking up later in the mornings and have a hard time waking up now..but anyway...I am back in the gym..and FEEL GREAT!!! Please tell everyone that they have to FORCE themselves into the gym..if you sit around the fatique will get worse and the better you look from working out...the better you feel..its natural medication. My question...before I work out I take Hydroxycut..I cant do my cardio without it. its now Ephedra free and it contains Calcium, Chromium, Potassium, Green tea, caffeine, guarana. What do you think..It really helps!!! but will it cause heart problems down the road and will it react badly with Kaletra and Combivir. thanks so much and welcome back

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

I'm delighted to hear you are back at the gym and feeling great. Yes, exercise does indeed energize us! And if that wasn't enough motivation, it also makes us look better naked.

Hyroxycut has been around for quite some time, and was originally promoted as a weight-loss product. That was most likely due to its ephedrine (ma huang) component. We now know this stuff (ephedra) is dangerous. Many supplements, like Hyroxycut, now have an ephedrine- (ephedra) free formulation. The kick you get out of Hydroxycut is most likely caffeine-related, because Hydroxycut contains guarana (caffeine), green tea (more caffeine), and, if I'm not mistaken, even more caffeine on top of that. It also used to contain willow bark, which is like aspirin, as well as the components you listed. What do I think? Well, first off, I'd definitely stay away from ephedrine- (ephedra) containing products. Next, for a caffeine pre-workout boost, I'd prefer a double espresso, but that's just me. I tend to think coffee is one of the 4 basic food groups. As for drug interactions, I don't see a problem with Kaletra or Combivir, but always let your HIV specialist know what supplements you are taking. He or she may want to see the complete list of ingredients to check for drug interactions.

So, see you on the stair climber (or perhaps at Starbucks?). Stay well.

Dr. Bob


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