Jan 21, 2011
I started HIV medications of Truvada, Norvir, and Prezista about 2 years ago. Since then I have gained almost 50 lbs. I still eat the same foods and exercise weekly. Is the weight gain because of the medication? And if so, are there other medications that I could possibly change to that would help me keep the weight off?
Response from Dr. Henry
Many patients gain weight when starting effective HIV treatment (almost no matter what the regimen) though more typically 8-10 pounds. Some of that weight gain is a return to health. 50 pound weight gain is excessive and generally not good for overall health. A nutrition and exercise assessment is suggested as is clinical evaluation for hormonal/genetic/stress status to examine factors that could contribute to weight gain. KH
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