Part of HIV & You: Managing Gut Symptoms
Last Reviewed: February 1, 2015
A temporary loss of appetite may be of little concern; but not eating enough over a long period of time is not good for anyone.
HOW TO TREAT APPETITE LOSS
There are two prescription treatments that doctors tend to prescribe most for appetite loss. Megace works well to bolster appetite and has shown to improve weight gain, but almost all of the weight gain is in the form of fat or water. The drug is actually used in cancer therapy to help with weight gain, but also may change the balance of hormones in the body and decrease testosterone production.
The other drug that works well to stimulate appetite and relieve nausea and vomiting is known as Marinol. This is a synthetic form of THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana, which is known to stimulate eating. Since it can leave you feeling stoned, it may not be the best choice for people in drug recovery programs.
Another possible alternative is Remeron, an antidepressant taken before bedtime that has been reported to make people hungry when they wake up. However, it is not officially approved for use to increase appetite; and it can be sedating, so it is important not to take it during the day.
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