Marinol Appetite How Long To Take Effect

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AIDS InfoNet

Wasting Syndrome associated with increases in body fat. Marinol (dronabinol) is sometimes used to increase appetite. It is a synthetic form of a substance found in marijuana. Medications that fight nausea can also help. AIDS activists have long urged the legalization of marijuana. It reduces nausea and stimulates the appetite. In the late 1990s, several states legalized the medical use of marijuana. See Fact Sheet 731 for more information on marijuana. ...
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My partner is hiv diagnosed 2007 his cd4 has always been around 800 - 1000 and vl highest was 39000. He started treatment due to candidasis in his oesphageous and mouth and was always tired feeling unwell. But he stopped as he was in terrible pain...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...gallstones would prevent that. I have many people with gallstones tolerating treatment.6) Appetite stimulants such as periactin, marinol (especially if he has nausea, this is similar to sativex as it is derived from cannabinoids- might be... Read more »

How long?

Hi there,My aunt has been sick for over a year (diarrhea, vomiting, flu-like symptoms), but we never thought that she was HIV+. She retired from her job in June 2007 and moved to Florida. Since then her condition has rapidly deteriorated and now...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...provide the vitamins and nutrients her body will need during recovery. Appetite stimulants can be tried such as, periactin, marinol (especially if nausea is present), or megace (but only for short-term use due to possible hormonal side effects).... Read more »

Losing weight and NO appetite

I am a 30-ish male, 6'3", 190 lbs (currently). I have been HIV+ for one year and am taking Crixivan and Combivir for nearly as long. I've had no serious side effects other than one bout with kidney stones. My viral load is undetectable and T-cell...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
...your frame. In general it would be advisable to check testosterone levels, even if you are doing well, your testes may not be. Marinol is a great appetite stimulant, if you don't mind the mild marijuana effects. Anabolic steroids, while useful... Read more »

Problem pot?

Hi Doc,My partner's been positive for nearly 5 years now, and I'm negative. We have a great sex life, and intend to continue it! We are regular readers of your forum and we love you!My question is this, he sometimes has trouble with depression and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...people with HIV, contrary to the implications of the media headlines. Safety of a drug needs to be established through much longer studies looking at both the short- and long-term use of a therapy. It would be irresponsible to suggest that a 21... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Gut: Dealing With Diarrhea, Nausea and Other Stomach Problems if You Have HIV/AIDS

...(including over-the-counter, prescription, street drugs, and herbs), even if you only use them occasionally. Megace (a hormone) and Marinol (a synthetic version of marijuana) may increase appetite. Marijuana may be effective for nausea and... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Marijuana

...beating of the heart), which can usually be controlled by decreasing the dose. Smoking marijuana is associated with the same long-term side effects as smoking cigarettes, including emphysema, high blood pressure and lung cancer. Alternatives to... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...everyone gets the same results from Marinol ® as from marijuana. Some people with AIDS use marijuana to stimulate their appetites or to avoid nausea when taking their ARVs. A few states have passed medical marijuana laws that permit limited... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Side Effects

...likeliver damage, can be severe and, in rare cases, fatal. Some goon for just a few days or weeks, but others might continue aslong as you take a medication, or even after you stop. Some occur within days or weeks of starting a drug. Others may... Read more »
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