HIV AND DIET PILLS
Apr 8, 2011
CAN HIV POSITIVE PEOPLE USE DIET PILLS?
Response from Dr. Fawcett
"Diet pills" such as prescription phentermine and other over-the-counter drugs appear to be an easy solution to weight loss. Many can have significant physical consequences (besides losing weight!) as well as addictive potential (they are classified as amphetamines) and need to be approached with great caution. These drugs also can interact with HIV medications and should never be used without consulting with your physician. Maintaining a healthy weight certainly needs to be a priority for everyone, but especially those who are HIV positive. Many of the medications can increase cholesterol which, combined with a weight issue, can increase the risk of cardiac or other concerns. The proven way to lose and then maintain healthy weight is through healthy food choices (as opposed to a restrictive "diet") and regular exercise. -David
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