Appetite Stimulants For Hiv Patients

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Marijuana medical use. Marijuana was later found to have other health benefits. It can lower pressure within the eye. This helps treat glaucoma, an eye disease which can cause blindness. Marijuana also reduces nausea and vomiting in patients taking chemotherapy treatment for cancer. It reduces muscle spasms in people with nerve problems like multiple sclerosis and can help treat some types of pain. These uses led to the development of the drug...
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Appetitie stimulants

What is the most effect,least harmful and rapid results of lean muscle mass wt gain appetite stimulant being used today for patients with HIV? I know Megace has a number of side effects that make it a poor candidate. What else is out there?
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Dear Appetite,Gaing lean muscle mass and appetite stimulation are different things. If you want appetite stimulation without the Megace side effects, Marinol, synthetic marijuana is a good try. It too, though, has side effects, like it can make some... Read more »


I was diagnosed in 99 as HIV+. I have smoked marijuana (god it kills me to say this), but i've smoked marijuana for some 24 years now...before i was diagnosed it was purely recreational, now it's more for the nausea control and appetite stimulation....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...related to taking HIV medications. It generally not prescribed simply as a marijuana substitute and is not indicated for use in patients without wasting or nausea or vomiting. It is also very expensive (much more costly than marijuana itself).... Read more »

Doctor conflict

I am an hiv+ male, 18 years. I have cd4 count of 400 and am undetectable. I am being treated at a large teaching hospital in the state where I live. They have a infectious disease unit that deals only with hiv. My problem is the staff wants to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Becoming increasingly angry with your HIV team with each visit is not a good situation. An effective doctor-patient relationship needs to be built on trust, cooperation and understanding. If this is not possible in your current arrangement, Read more »

please help do i need to eat more?

hi am am 27 year old pos female. i have known of having hiv for 5 years. 3 years ago i started treatment which was sustiva & truvada & have recently in the last 4 motnhs changed the susitva for kaletra due to wanting to have a baby. my problem is...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
...etcAnabolic agents like Oxandrin at 5-10 mg for women have been shown to increase appetite and weight. Also, the use of Marinol, an appetite stimulant that contains THC, the main component of marijuana that makes people hungry, has been shown to... Read more »
International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care

Diagnosis and Treatment of Endocrine Disorders in the HIV-Infected Patient

...function in patients with HIV infection ( Table 1 ). Megestrol acetate is a synthetic progestational agent approved for use as an appetite stimulant in patients with AIDS wasting. Megestrol acetate suppresses adrenal function through a steroid-... Read more »
The Well Project

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

...HIV-related fat gain, it will not becovered by insurance for this purpose. It is expensive, costing up to $3,000 amonth. There is a patient assistance program for Serostim at . Tesamorelin has been shown... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Filgrastim (Neupogen)

... for more information on these laboratory tests. Advanced HIV disease can cause neutropenia. It can be fairly common in HIVpatients using medications that can damage the bone marrow, such as: ganciclovir, a drug used to treat cytomegalovirus... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions About Crystal Methamphetamine

...overdose is associated with the rapid onset of kidney failure and collapse of the circulatory system. A large percentage of patients who die usually have symptoms of coma , shock , inability to pass and secrete urine, and muscle twitching. ... Read more »