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PGX (PolyGlycopleX) fibre

Apr 26, 2012

Hello Doctor,

Is PGX (PolyGlycopleX) fibre safe for people living with HIV, I am on Truvada, Reyatez and Norvir. I have struggled with weight issues for most of my life; I think the drugs I am taking also made me gain about 80 pounds since I started taking them. I have tried working out, however it did not make much difference. Please let me know if it something I can take to curve some of the cravings.

Thank you

Martha from Toronto, Canada

Response from Dr. Young


I'm not aware of any data on the safety of PGX in people living with HIV, but I wouldn't expect a significant negative issue with your HIV medications.

With regard to your weight loss travails, I'd not give up on exercise at all- rather, exercise should be incorporated into your daily activities, even if you don't go to the gym. Indeed, since you're struggling with considerable weight gain, I suggest talking to your health care provider to see if there might be other reasons for the weight gain- such as thyroid or mood problems; consider having a nutritionist evaluation too.

I hope that helps, BY

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