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Androgel And Lipodystrophy

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

Table of Contents Introduction Treatments for Fat Gain Taking Care of Yourself Introduction Fat is needed for the body to function. It plays an important role inkeeping the skin and hair healthy, protecting body organs, and maintaining bodytemperature. Fat is also stored to use for energy. There are different types of fat found in the body. Visceral fat is locateddeep in the belly under the muscle. Subcutaneous fat is the layer...
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Androgel didn't raise my testosterone

I'm 50 and have used both Androgel and Andadrol for lipodystrophy and wasting over the last two years, cycling on and off to avoid testicular atrophy. I've also had erectile dysfunction. I recently went off androgens for nine weeks to get...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
I have not heard of bad batches. I have however, heard of people not responding to Androgel. Some people do not absorb the testosterone well. I would try injectable testosterone at a dose of 200mg per week and then titrate the amount to keep you... Read more »


about 6 months ago started androgel to gain muscle and wt. stopped after 2months due to very soar breast and hardness of tissue under breast. had a momog. and all is ok. did gain weight in mid section not where i wanted! maybe is lipodist. what...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
The breast symptoms were gynecomastia and probably related to the testosterone replacement, but the weight gain in your midsection is part of what we call lipodystrophy. I don't think you can use exercise to direct the 5 lbs to other areas.... Read more »

Androgel Making Lipo worse?

Dr. Henry....I am currently taking Norvir, Reyataz, Viread and Videx. I noticed that when I stopped using my Androgel, the fat around my stomach started to improve....when I returned to using Androgel....the abdominal fat and fat around my chest...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Testosterone has not been shown to decrease intra-abdominal fat in HIV+ persons with lipodystrophy. In one study (done by the ACTG research group) subcutaneous fat (including abdominal area) decreased with testosterone with no benefit on... Read more »

Androgel & Increased Body Fat

About 9 months ago, I started Androgel due to low blood testosterone levels, originally at 10 mg/day, which was increased to 20 mg/day about 4 months ago to keep testosterone levels up. This was at the recommendation of my doctor, as Id experienced...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
Did you change your HIV medications at all during the same time?. I want to make sure you are not going through lipodystrophy related body changes.Testosterone actually show decrease your fat, unless you are aromatizing it to a lot of estrogen... Read more »
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Androgel Questions

Posted by gray, 1 Reply
Howdy -

Please forgive me if there's a different section of the board where I should be posting this question. I'm new.

I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago. Probably exposed to HIV 15 months ago. My bloodwork came back CD4 608 and VL 13,000 which are good... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
anyone who will talk about this?

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exercise and PI lipodystrophy

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
i have been on zerit, epivir and crix for more than one year.
i have lipodystrophy (no more buttocks, fat loss in face and a paunch). I have always been an avid exerciser -- my doc has told me to STOP exercising, that it worsens the situation.
i... Read more »

Lipodystrophy and relationships

Posted by capri75
Anyone out there who has experienced a feeling of neglect in a relationship because they have lipodystrophy even thought they have healthy blood counts and full of energy. Anyone who knows a dating sites for people with lipodystrophy? Read more »