|WEIGHT GAIN/SIDE EFFECTS
Dec 17, 2004
I LIKE MANY OTHERS I HAVE READ ABOUT DID NOT TAKE MEDS FOR OVER 10 YEARS AND NOW AM AIDS WITH A COUNT OF 50 AND VL OF 350,000. MY QUESTION IS THAT RECENTLY I GOT ON A MEDS PROGRAM AND IN ONE WEEK HAVE PUT ON 13 POUNDS, I NEEDED THE WEIGHT BUT AM CONCERNED THAT I WILL JUST KEEP PUTTING ON MORE WEIGHT. I AM CURRENTLY AT THE PROPER WEIGHT FOR MY BODY SIZE. IT SEEMS LIKE I AM ALWAYS HUNGRY NOW AND EAT ALL THE TIME TILL I MAKE MYSELF SICK FROM BEING SO FULL. THE MEDS I AM CURRENTLY TAKING ARE PROCRIT NORVIR REYATAZ AND TRUVADA DO ANY OF THESE CAUSE THIS? WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE REGIMENT CAN I DO WITH SUCH BAD VL AND CD4 NUMBERS
| Response from Dr. Henry
Rapid weight gain upon initiation of effective HIV therapy is fairly common. Your current regimen is fairly new and not well studied so I can't say whether that regimen has any unique weight gain characteristics. Patients with low CD4 count can often exercise rigorously (recommended for general health benefits). I often have a nutritionist evaluate the diet to see what suggestions can be made there as well. KH
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