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Hypogonadism Natural Supplement

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AIDS InfoNet

Vitamins and Minerals

... Why Are Vitamins and Minerals Important? What Are Antioxidants? How Much Do I Need? Which Nutrients Are Important? What About Other Supplements? Can Nutrients Be Harmful? For More Information Why Are Vitamins and Minerals Important? Vitamins and minerals are sometimes called micronutrients. Our bodies need them, in small amounts, to support the chemical reactions
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Natural supplement to ease fatigue?

Hi Doctor:I am currently taking Combivir and Viramune. I am a very active 42-year-old man who weight trains 5 days a week and am actively involved as a master gardener. My fatigue is the only side effect which bothers me. Is it the AZT in Combivir? ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...causes, e.g. hormonal imbalances, particularly hypogonadism; psychological causes; etc. Regarding natural (or even unnatural) supplements, many make claims of boosting everything from your energy level to immune health to penis size.... Read more »


Doctor, I am +, T cells of 570 viral load under 47,000. I am not on any antiviral meds my testosterone was like 270. My doctor gave me Andogel to help with my energy but has done nothing but make me very aggitated. If I continue Androgel will...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...the tiniest bit pessimistic?I agree you do not need to start antiviral therapy at this time (CD4 570 and viral load 47,000).Hypogonadism (low testosterone) is the most common hormonal energy-zapper in HIVers. It can lead to loss of energy,... Read more »

natural boost to testosterone availability?

Hello Dr. Frascino,I'm hiv+ and on Norvir, Truvada, Reyataz, as well as Effexor at 150mg for depression. Fatigue has always been my most common complaint, but recently my libido has been luke warm. It's usually pretty hot. I should point out that I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hey Gary, There are many causes for HIV-related fatigue and unhappy Mr. Happy's (decreased libido). The most common are hypogonadism; psychological causes, such as depression; and anemia. Chances are your HIV specialist already checked your... Read more »

Causes of Hypogonadism

I've been HIV+ for 10 years and until recently was on AZT, Epiver, and Viramune. Currently I am on a drug holiday and my T4s are around 500 with a viral load of about 3500. This has been consistent during the 7 monhts I've been off meds. Also about...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...used megace as an appetite stimulant, then yes, this drug could play a role.Testicular atrophy can result form testosterone supplements as well as other causes. Will your peanuts become walnuts again if you wean yourself from your love juice... Read more »
The Body PRO

The Prevalence of Hypogonadism in HIV-Infected Patients Receiving HAART

... The prevalence of hypogonadism in HIV-infected patients receiving HAART (Poster Presentation TuPeB3180) Authored by M. Desyatnik, A. Baaj, A. Fisher (United Read more »
Johns Hopkins AIDS Service

Treatment of Hypogonadism in Men with HIV Infection

... Introduction: A number of endocrine abnormalities have been reported in people infected with HIV. Among these, hypogonadism is well described, particularly as men progress to AIDS and in those who are wasting. Testosterone has both anabolic... Read more »
The Well Project


...Contents Diarrhea and HIV How Does Diarrhea Affect the Body? Treating Your Diarrhea Tips for Fighting Diarrhea Supplements for Diarrhea Taking Care of Yourself Diarrhea and HIV Diarrhea is one of the most common... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Alternative and Complementary Therapies

...Herbalism). Energy work such as polarity therapy or reiki. Relaxation techniques, including meditation and visualization. Dietary supplements, such as vitamins and minerals ( Fact Sheet 801 ) Some health care providers like to use alternative... Read more »
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Two weeks down and a life time to live

Posted by trulife, 2 Replies
Well's the end of two weeks on Atripla and so far things are going well. Side effects have been limited and are now subsiding. My biggest problem so far is swallowing the pill. I have always had trouble swallowing pills...go figure...a... Read more »

Red Grapes, Protein Supplements & Noni Juice

Posted by Choosing2Liv, 3 Replies
...gave me this advice: " attention to things that can boost your immune system..such as red grapes, Noni juice, protein supplements, etc." Is there any truth to this or does this advice belong in the myths posting area? Read more »

Supplement to help with depression/anxiety

Posted by taurusthecat, 1 Reply
... I was reading the 'ask the experts' section and an anonymous poster asked one of the docs if there was any kind of natural supplement to help with anxiety. On the off-chance that this person reads this forum and for anyone else who cares, I... Read more »

Vitamins and supplements

Posted by Blixer, 6 Replies
...Does anyone have recommendations for a recommended daily vitamin and supplement routine. I've done some searches but haven't found anything that is greatly helpful. I've never been one to take a daily vitamin Read more »