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Loss of Appetite
Jul 6, 2005

I recently started taking meds for HIV (Sustiva and Epzicom) and my appetite has decreased. Is there anything I can do to get my appetite back and to gain weight?

Response from Dr. Henry

Gi complaints including fullness or loss of appetite are fairly common initially with the regimen you are taking. I often would check to make sure your hormone levels (thyroid and testosterone) are OK. A review of your medical status my your HIV doc can look for other problems related to appetite or GI function. If the HIV meds are the likely cause of the decreased appetite, I often would prescribe meds to either decrease nausea (such as Reglan) if that is an issue or stimulate appetite (such as Marinol). Often the stomach/appetite complaints diminish over time. KH

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