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The Well Project

HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part I: Treatments for Fat Gain

...and the abilityto sleep. They can also increase blood pressure and make heart diseaseworse. Testosterone Man-made testosterone has been studied as a treatment for lipodystrophy.Unfortunately, in a study of testosterone gel (AndroGel), it did not decreasevisceral fat. In fact, visceral fat increased and lipoatrophy in the arms andlegs increased as well. Anabolic Steroids Oxandrin is an anabolic steroid that is taken by mouth. In a small...
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Androgel/Weight Gain

Hey Doc..I had posted a question about painful testosterone injections a couple of months ago and followed your advice and switched to Androgel. I have been using the gel for about 6 weeks. I have gained about 5-7 pounds without changing my eating...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...associated with increased muscle mass, as well as improved libido, mood, and other effects. Switching from testosterone injections to AndroGel in and of itself should not cause weight gain. Its essentially the same medication, just in a more... Read more »

Androgel Cycling

Thanks for all your help. You are the best. I have been on androgel for 18 months. Is there value to my cycling off it? It has been an incrediable help with fatigue and weight gain (and sex drive!) How best should I do that? Thanks.
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Assuming you are taking AndroGel for hypogonadism (documented low testosterone), and not to be king of the muscle-stud-gym-bunnies (that's my job), then there Read more »

preventing wasting/gaining weight

HI Doc,My T cells are 580(cd4s at 14%) and my vl is 10,000. I've just started taking meds(Sustiva and Epzicom). Two pills a day at night. How can I sure up some quality muscle to help stave off wasting. I'm 6'2" and 180#s. I think that I should...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...age-matched controls. If you are low, testosterone supplementation with one of the topical testosterone-replacement therapies (AndroGel, Testim, etc.) would be warranted. 4.Talk to your HIV specialist about your anemia. Why are you anemic? Find... Read more »

steriods to gain weight

Hi,I first want to thank you for answering my questions in the past. You have been very helpful and I appreciate you. To update you, Im 41 yo, 5' 9'', 143lbs, Im non detectable and CD4s are almost 600. Ive been HIV Positive for 4 years not. I...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
I would avoid them, They have addictive potential, lead to fat loss which may make any lipodystrophy worse (or become obvious), can upset cholesterol and liver function tests and affect your own natural sex steroid production. As your doctor says,... Read more »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

AndroGel Offers New Option for Testosterone Replacement

...The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on 2-29-2000 that AndroGel has been approved for use as a testosterone replacement therapy in men with low testosterone. AndroGel is a clear, colorless, Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Body Shape Changes (Lipodystrophy)

What Is Lipodystrophy? Is Lipo Dangerous? What Causes Lipo? Can Lipo Be Treated? The Bottom Line What Is Lipodystrophy? Lipodystrophy, or "lipo" for short, is a collection of body shape changes in people taking... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


What Is Hydroxyurea? Who Should Take Hydroxyurea? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Hydroxyurea Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Hydroxyurea React With Other Drugs? The Bottom Line What Is Hydroxyurea? ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Wasting Syndrome

What Is AIDS Wasting? What Causes AIDS Wasting? How Is Wasting Treated? The Bottom Line What Is AIDS Wasting? AIDS wasting is the involuntary loss of more than 10% of body weight, plus more than 30 days of either diarrhea, or... Read more »
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Atripla and weight gain

Posted by mimilove, 2 Replies
I have been reading a lot of posts about Atripla and weight gain and the same info keeps coming back that Atripla does not cause weight gain. Well, I feel this is false information because a lot of hivers claim the same condition of weight gain... Read more »

Have you experienced weight gain on Seroquel?

Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
My doctor has prescribed 1/4 mg of Seroquel five times a day to control some of the symptoms of my HIV Associated Dementia. Since I've started taking Seroquel my weight has jumped by 20 pounds. I am too vain to carry this much weight around and... Read more »

Atripla & Weight Gain

Posted by Choosing2Liv, 4 Replies
I've searched the forums and found posts dealing with the wild dreams, excessive nausea and irritating itching brought on by Atripla. However, I have not been able to find any posts on what folks have done to combat the additional weight gain... Read more »

is there anything i can do to gain weight with hiv

Posted by tracey, 2 Replies
has anyone ever heard of juven, does it help people like us with hiv gain weight thanks Read more »