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May 26, 2003

I am HIV+ on retrovir,videx and kaletra combo. Would any weight loss pills interact with the drugs I take ? I hate exercise, hardly exercise,do not smoke,do not drink but my rice intake is high and am putting on weight.I have no thyroid problem etc.. and feel hungry most of the time..I am 230 pounds and 40 years old and feel fine but need to reduce.I tried the treadmill and can only walk not do any aerobic running,I sweat too much.Please advice.

Response from Mr. Vergel

There are no studies looking at interactions between weight loss pills and HIV medications. Most of these products have stimulants like Ma huang/ephedra and guarana. There is a high rate of side effects when people start using these substances. Palpitations, trembling, sweating, nausea, hot flashes, chills, insomnia, anxiety and in some cases vomiting can occur. In most people these effects will subside after a few weeks of use. Last year ma huang and ephedrine made the news when teenagers began taking tremendous amounts and overdosed. When used as directed, ephedrine and ma huang are safe. Ephedrine and ma huang are not recommended for people with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, angina, prostate disorders, or thyroid problems. Ma huang/ephedra and guarana, or ephedrine and caffeine will definitely estimulate weight loss but may cause unpleasant side effects, so be careful.

Try to eat 4-6 small meals with protein, vegetables and fruit. Cut down on your sugars and starches. If you have access to a gym ,try the elliptical trainers. I listen to a good CD while working out to combat boredom.

Have your hormones checked by your doctor. Also, get a glucose tolerance test done if you can and talk to your doc about ways to improve it if it is abnormal. Some people are using insulin sensitizers like Glucophage with good results on weight loss.


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