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AIDS InfoNet

Marijuana

...peripheral neuropathy (see Fact Sheet 555 ). A recent study confirmed it is useful for that purpose. How Is Marijuana Used? Normally, dried marijuana leaves and flowers are smoked or baked into food. Health care providers can legally prescribe Marinol ® . Some people get the same effects from Marinol ® as from smoked marijuana. Others prefer to smoke marijuana. They can use just the amount they need without bad effects from...
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Medical Marijuana Use in New York State

Hello, I have been infected for 5.5 years now. I started HAART during the acute stage. VR load negative; CD count between 700-1,000. Last year I changed my regime from Kaletra/Viread to Truvda/Issentress due to GI issues from the former regime....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...describe to see if you would benefit. Reglan or other anti-nausea meds are variable helpful in situations as you describe. Marinol is very expensive but can helpful for some patients with nausea related to cancer or HIV-related chemotherapy. KH Read more »

Marijuana

I've noticed, quite by accident, that smoking marijuana greatly reduces the side effects associated with my meds. Is this common with other HIVers? I casually mentioned this to my doctor and even inquired about obtaining it for "medicinal"...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

...living with HIV, including a loss of appetite, nausea from medications, and various types of pain. Several states in the US have legalized medical marijuana. Check with your physician about local laws. Like any mood changing drug, use of... Read more »

Marijuana

I've noticed, quite by accident, that smoking marijuana greatly reduces the side effects associated with my meds. Is this common with other HIVers? I casually mentioned this to my doctor and even inquired about obtaining it for "medicinal"...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Marijuana use often seems to improved appetite and decrease nausea associated with a variety of HIV regimens. In the US Marinol is approved for HIV-related wasting and nausea but is very expensive (real thing is cheaper but illegal!). Most HIV... Read more »

Marijuana versus Marinol

In recent debates over the use of marijuana versus marinol to help PWA's against wasting and other side effects such as naseua or diarrhea; what is your position on legalizing marijuana for medicinal porposes? Also are there any pros and cons...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
...far. I do have some problems with smoking pot in terms of possible lung effects, impurities and toxins. Marinol is the best legal alternative at present. I prescribe it extensively for nausea and encourage my patients to try various... Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Wasting Syndrome

...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... Read more »
The Well Project

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

...(a synthetic version of marijuana) may increase appetite. Marijuana may be effective for nausea and appetite loss but is not legal or available everywhere. Nausea, vomiting, and anorexia can be particularly problematic for pregnant women who may... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Marijuana

...many people with HIV find it useful in preventing nausea and stimulating appetite. Some use it to control pain. Cesamet and Marinol, two drugs that contain components of marijuana, are approved in Canada to suppress nausea and stimulate appetite.... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Telling Others You're HIV Positive

...the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As long as you can do the essential functions of your job, your employer can not legally discriminate against you because of your HIV status. When you apply for a new job, employers are not allowed to... Read more »
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Marinol

Posted by slitter028, 2 Replies
...I'm thinking about asking my doc for marinol....I am honest with her about smoking weed, and i would like to quit smoking everything, weed and cigs, but without weed i would Read more »

Marinol???

Posted by RayZ, 2 Replies
...Hello folks - Question for the group. I have a friend that has Marinol left over from bad times with HIV. She doesn't want to take any longer and asked if OK to sell. Any input? Appreciate your comments. Read more »

a serious question...

Posted by still_here, 5 Replies
without being judgemental and giving me the usual lectures- i have been having certain issues with finding out that i am poz. 2/23/06 will be 6 months since i'm diagnosed, and 3/3/06 will be 5 months since i've started meds (sustiva & truvada).... Read more »

Legality issue

Posted by catsjc, 2 Replies
...I was wondering if there was any legal responsibility of a doctor that disclosed my diagnosis to a visitor in a hospital room. The story goes like this... I was very Read more »