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Steroid Treatment for wasting - JB
Oct 20, 2000

Dear John,

I would like to know your feelings on treating those who experience some muscle mass loss. I know personally how it can affect a persons mental outlook, and would like to know if using steroids helps patients who are experiencing this; both physical and mental. Thanks for your time! Jay T. :-) P.S. I want the carpet back! ( personal joke )

Response from Dr. Bartlett

Dear Jay,

During progressive HIV disease some patients may experience loss of muscle mass. One of the interventions under study is the use of androgenic steroids, (testosterone -related drugs). These drugs can increase muscle mass but also can cause side effects, and therefore the decision to use them must be carefully considered. They have become very popular in clinical practice, but the results of definitive studies are still pending. Growth hormone can also increase muscle mass over the short term. Good luck, John

John A. Bartlett, M.D.

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