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Taking Egrifta With Hiv Meds

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An Overview of Tesamorelin

Brand Name: Egrifta Other Name(s): TH9507 Drug Class: Opportunistic Infection and Other Drugs Tesamorelin, also known as TH9507, is a type of medicine called a growth hormone-releasing factor (GHRF). GHRF causes growth hormone to be created and spread in the body, which helps control metabolism, body shape, and use of energy. Indications and Usage Tesamorelin was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November...
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taking egrifta and feel like i'm gaining weight

i have been taking egrifta for about 4 months now and feel i am gaining weight instead of losing body fat. can you give me some information that might help me so i can benefit from this medication? ...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
Egrifta is a growth hormone releasing hormone peptide approved for the treatment of abdominal fat accumulation in HIV. This product stimulates your own pituitary gland to make growth hormone. Growth hormone has been found to decrease fat mass in... Read more »

Egrifta and Androgel side effects

I am currently taking both meds and i have been experiencing a lot of pain in my joints at the wrists and elbows; generaly weakness on both forearms. I can not find any documentation on side effects such as these for these two durgs....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Growth hormone can cause aching in growth plate areas in bone-has been less of a problem with growth hormone releasing factor (Egrifta)--not much published data on how concomitant testosterone use impacts bone/pain issues in the setting of Egrifta... Read more »

Egrifta(Tesamorelin)

Can you please advise me as to where i can obtain these meds i reside in South Africa and or is it known under another name as our Pharmacy's do not recognize this product ...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello,Tesamorelin (EGRIFTA) is approved for the treatment of HIV lipodystrophy (fat accumulation) in the US. It is indeed the only name of the product. I'm not aware of any specifics of it's availability in RSA.BY... Read more »

Access to Egrifta, becomes more political

Nelson,Recently, my endocrinologist (and HIV doc) decided to try me on Egrifta, to see if that would help get rid of the annoying belly fat.Initially, I was provided with a copy of the AXIS Agreement to sign, they are a company that provides support...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Your situation is not that unusual unfortunately. A main issue with Egrifta is its very high cost (> $30,000/year) with modest clincial benefit in studies (ie patients may typically lose several pounds of fat/1/2 to 1 inch of waist size) as long... Read more »
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Egrifta

Posted by Jameser, 5 Replies
I have been diagnosed with HIV associated lipodystrophy causing a huge belly. I'm 27 years old and I've tried exercise, changing my diet, among other things to try to lose the belly. I recently talked to my doctor about starting Egrifta and he... Read more »

taking hiv meds to Russia and Eastern Europe

Posted by Anonymous
I'm traveling to Russia and Eastern Europe this summer. I'm concerned that I might have a problem going through customs in these countries if my HIV meds are spotted. Has anyone taken their HIV meds to these countries? What happened? Any advice?... Read more »

Egrifta tesamorelin, is it available?

Posted by artnut, 2 Replies
Positively Aware has an article (July/August 2010)on the FDA approving Egrifta for the treatment of belly fat. Is it available? Has anyone had any experience with it? The biggest problem seems injecting oneself. How about blood sugar levels? ... Read more »

22 poz..stopped taking meds/not disclosing status

Posted by Anonymous, 16 Replies
i was diagnosed hiv+ december 2003. i had an insane viral load of over a million. my initial cd4 was 280. i began taking medication and within 2 months i gained back the 50 pounds of weight i lost and became healthier than ive ever been before. i... Read more »