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Wasting Syndrome

Hormone levels can affect the metabolism. HIV seems to change some hormone levels including testosterone and thyroid. Also, cytokines play a role in wasting. Cytokines are proteins that produce inflammation to help the body fight infections. People with HIV have very high levels of cytokines. This makes the body produce more fats and sugars, but less protein. Unfortunately, these factors can work together to create a "downward spiral." For...
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taking hiv meds with liquid food

For years i have been taking my hiv meds with liquid foods such as ensure, fiber boost, advera. Someone told me that he thinks that i must take the ones that require food with SOLID food, otherwise the med won't absorb as well. that scared me....
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Some medications have their absorption influenced by food. The typical way that these studies are done is with either a standardized high fat solid meal or sometimes a light snack. The food effects are usually modest for most agents. In your... Read more »

Am I doing enuogh to treat wasting??

Hello. I have been diagnosed with wasting. I am taking Sustiva, Crixivan, & Previon to treat HIV. I am taking Megase, Ultrase, Advera, multi-vitamins, Co Q-10, opium, to treat wasting. I am also taking Serastim & Testosterone injections...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
Wow! Indeed you are trying. I do not use megace as it is not very effective in regaining muscle mass. Though you are already using serostim and testosterone you could try oxandrolone or nandrolone. Oxandrolone can be used at doses from 20-80mg... Read more »

adherence-i liked your answer

i liked ur answer to the guy that asked about what helps regarding adherence. A lot of people i've noticed lately are asking this question to Ask the Experts. One thing that helps me is printing out a sheet with the names of the meds at the top...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
Thanks for your great input!Nelson... Read more »

Should I continue to drink Ensure?

Hi, I've been healthy positive 19 years, with a T-cell count of 700-800's, and <50 viral load. For the past 12 years, I've been drinking Ross products Advera (until production stopped) and now I've been drinking Ensure &...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
You should eat regular food instead. At 5'9" and 180 Lbs, you are definitely under weight. Also, remember that oxandrolone decreases your own testosterone, so make sure you use it with a testosterone gel. Your doctor should also be... Read more »
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Wasting---help me

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I'm sorry to come on board, but I need help. My husband is wasting away. He's newly on meds, but not gaining. It seems as though his buttcheeks are completely gone. I don't know what to do.

I'm afraid. He's down to 120 and losing despite putting... Read more »