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Marinol And Megace Prescribed To Be Taken At The Same Time

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Wasting Syndrome

...antiretroviral treatment usually leads to healthy weight gain. Treatments for wasting deal with each of the causes mentioned above. Reducing nausea and vomiting helps increase food intake. Also, appetite stimulants including Megace and Marinol have been used. Megace, unfortunately, is associated with increases in body fat. Marinol (dronabinol) is sometimes used to increase appetite. It is a synthetic form of a substance found in...
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megace to gain weight

i am a healthy person weighing 80 but height 6 feet so i want to use megace to gain body weight please do tell me the way to achieve my goal
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
...individuals, even those with advanced cancer. It is also used to boost appetite in individuals with other cancers or HIV/AIDS.Megace us the worst drug to use for weight gain. It increases mostly fat mass, hyperglycemia, risks of blood clots and... Read more »

What about Marinol?

I am thinking of running the suggestion to my Doc that we try Marinol for a weight gain of 15 lbs. I have tried Megace in the past to no avail. I once weighed 156 and now I am down to 141. Doing weel on HAART, (viral load <50 2 years)CD4 could be...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
...airline (if it is safe to do so) to find out about your flight status if you use marinol. Appetite stimulants such as marinol or megace do indeed stimulate appetite and will improve weight. Most of us think the weight that is gained is mainly... Read more »

Marinol and Megace

Hello:I have not seen this addressed here in this forum , so I thought I would give it a shot. I have been on Meds for about 10 years. I have had some success - my CD4 usually were at around 300 or so and my VL used to hover around 25K. For the last...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...the best possible chance for the regimen to work and for you to avoid secondary or opportunistic infections.Both Marinol and Megace will help here. Drowsiness is a known side effect of Marinol, and you may help avoid morning drowsiness by taking... Read more »

Prescribing non FDA approved drugs

I have heard of a situation where doctors are allowed to prescribe HIV/AIDS drugs that have been approved in other countries, but not in the US. Are you aware of this, and if so, what authority these doctors are citing.Thanks
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...of the medications that are available in the US.)On the other hand, the use of non-FDA-approved dosing of medications is sometimes employed. Take for example the previous use of ritonavir (Norvir) boosting of indinavir (Crixavan)- never FDA... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Moscow Times Examines How Drug Shortages in Russia Are Leading Doctors to Prescribe Replacement HIV/AIDS Meds to Patients

...bringing lawsuits against state-run treatment centers in the hopes of returning to their preferred drug regimen, the Moscow Times reports. "Supplies were delayed nationwide this year because the Health and Social Development Ministry, which... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Appetite Loss

...CATIE's Positive Side magazine, available at www.catie.ca/positive.nsf or by calling 1.800.263.1638 [if you're in Canada]. Megace (megestrol acetate), a female sex hormone, was prescribed in the past for appetite stimulation but it has... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Marijuana

...problems like multiple sclerosis and can help treat some types of pain. These uses led to the development of the drug dronabinol (Marinol), a synthetic version of THC. NOTE: Federal and state laws generally forbid the sale or possession of... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

Atripla

...preferred regimens for treatment-nave patients in the U.S. DHHS HIV treatment guidelines. Atripla is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for those taking HIV medicine for the first time due to ease of taking one pill, once a day. A... Read more »
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