|Weight loss after PEP
Sep 5, 2013
Hi Doc, I am so concerned about loss of weight i have experienced. What could this be? When i was taking my PEPs in April I used to stress a lot and always felt depressed. My friends told me i have lost weight and i'm seeing it too. What is causing this weight loss: the fact that i was depressed or maybe the PEP damaged me? I even went for my 4 months test (post exposure) and it was negative. I don't know what is causing this. My appetite has decreased for the past four months. I don't wake up hungry and sometimes i eat breakfast around 12pm. Are there tablets i can take to boost my appetite? What do you suggest i should do to increase appetite and gain weight as well? Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Young
Hi and thanks for posting.
Persistent weight loss is usually generally associated with taking PEP (since the duration of treatment is only 1 month).
Indeed, just as you've suggested, your appetite is low for several months- couldn't that alone be responsible for weight loss. I'd look critically at why your appetite is sub-par. Could it be mood related (ie., depression or anxiety), or perhaps a different medical condition (like thyroid problems or diarrhea).
I think that the first step in helping this is to see your health care provider for a more comprehensive assessment into your appetite and weight loss. (BTW, there are medications that do help with appetite)
Good luck and good health, BY
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