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Norvir Lipodystrophy Belly Fat

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The Well Project

HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part III: Treatments for Metabolic Changes

...andtriglycerides. These include Viramune (nevirapine), Intelence (etravirine), Isentress (raltegravir), and Selzentry (maraviroc). Reyataz (atazanavir) and Prezista (darunavir) are also less likely to increase lipids, but both are used with Norvir (ritonavir), and Norvir does increase lipids. If you have high glucose levels, your health care provider may recommendthat you change your HIV drugs. Some studies have shown that switching to...
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Acai berries for lipodystrophy?

Hi, I've emailed you before,I have a question about herbal supplements,this new acai berry cleansing herbal supplement, is supposed to make you lose weight especially arond the belly-waist area which is where I have the problem especially with the...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...fat with or without additional unusual fatty deposits such as a cervicodorsal fat pad (buffalo hump). Protease inhibitors (Norvir, Lexiva in your case) are the agents most closely linked to development of lipohypertrophy. Lipoatrophy is fat loss... Read more »

Fat Burners and Lipodystrophy

Hello,I have been on 2 med combination since I was diagnosed 6 years ago, my last combo is Norvir, Reyataz and Truvada due to some resistance to Sustiva and Lamivudine. I noticed an increase in my Belly Fat although I follow a reasonnable diet and...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...The combination you are on tends to produce an increase in visceral fat and may protect to some degree from loss of subcutaneous fat. There is considerable inter-individual variation in response to Read more »


Dear Dr. Frascino.....I have become resistant to Combivir/Trizivir and Sustiva and I am now on Viread/Videx/Reyataz and Norvir. My questions are.....will my facial wasting improve over time now that I am off of the AZT based meds? Also I am still...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation certainly worth a try. I'll repost some information below from the archives discussing this topic.Good luck.Dr. BobMy FAT Belly (FAT BELLY) (LIPOHYPERTROPHY) Feb 24, 2009Hi Dr. Frascino, I was one of your patients in Sunnyvale way back in... Read more »

Fat Gain- what to do?

how do i lose weight without diet pills? i take atripla, my viral load is undetectable, cd4 is 650, please help me. i think my body is storing fat. im 6'1 215lbs.
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
...that the immune system has while CD4 cells are increasing in number. Recent data shows that protease inhibitors boosted with Norvir may not increase visceral fat in those who start them over 250 CD4 cells and when used in combination with... Read more »


...face and buttocks. The second kind of lipodystrophy is fat accumulation , also known as hyperadiposity . In fat accumulation, fat builds up in particular parts of the body, especially the belly, breasts and back of the neck. What Does... Read more »

The Skinny on Body Fat and HIV

...process. Also, some people may have a genetic predisposition to insulin resistance. Zerit, AZT, Crixivan, higher doses of Norvir, and most protease inhibitors have been shown in lab studies to impair the action of insulin. This may be a part... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

HIV Lipodystrophy: Where Are We After Ten Years?

...recent data shows that patients with a CD4 count of over 250, who start a HAART regime with protease inhibitors boosted with Norvir plus Viread and Epivir, do not experience a gain in visceral fat (fat surrounding the internal organs). It is... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...Name: Reyataz Class: HIV protease inhibitor (PI) Standard dose: One 300 mg capsule plus 100 mg Norvir, once daily (this dose must be used if taking Viread or Truvada), or two 200 mg capsules, once daily; take with... Read more »
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can you avoid lipodystrophy?

Posted by hopefulone, 4 Replies
...s there a way you can avoid or lesson the impact of lipodystrophy if on atripla? good diet and regular exercise? or regardless of exercise and diet youre going to change? Read more »

Lipodystrophy and relationships

Posted by capri75
...Anyone out there who has experienced a feeling of neglect in a relationship because they have lipodystrophy even thought they have healthy blood counts and full of energy. Anyone who knows a dating sites for people with lipodystrophy? Read more »

reversing lipodystrophy....

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Arms, legs, face losing fat, veins proturding, cheeks sinking. Lipids climbing above high. Switched to Reyataz boosted with norvir low dose, and truvada. Now even just going on three months, have lost 2in from waist, and veins are much less... Read more »

Lipodystrophy and hair loss

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...been on various other medications. I have lipodystrophy in my stomach (severely bloated). I have a hairy body except on my belly which has now does not have any hair on it. My doctor says that that is what sometimes happens. I am just... Read more »