Jun 24, 2010
What would help an elderly man who doesn't have hardly any appetite?
Response from Mr. Vergel
You need to know if you have depression or any other clinical issue. Some doctors prescribe Remeron (an antidepressant) since its main side effect if appetite increase. Also, Marinol , a pharmaceutical product that has the main active ingredient of marijuana -THC, is prescribed to increase appetite. Megace is another popular drug for appetite, but it increases fat mass and potentially causes blood clots. Supplementing with zinc plus copper (50 mg Zn plus 3 mg Cu) may improve the sense of taste and smell in those with low zinc levels.
Also, taking a multivitamin with every meal may help if you have deficiencies.
Some doctors prescribe Oxandrolone, an anabolic agent that increases appetite and weight. But it can decrease good cholesterol and increase liver enzymes in some. In general, it is well tolerated and effective at doses of 20 mg per day.
When I used to have appetite problems, I would snack instead of eating full meals. Nuts, cheese, peanut butter and other calorie dense foods can help people to retain weight.
Have your doctor also check your testosterone and other hormones just to ensure that they are not low. Low testosterone may also decrease appetite.
I hope this helps! Nelson
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