Anorexia Associated with Weight Loss in Adult AIDS Patients
Appetite Stimulation in the Treatment of AIDS-related Anorexia Associated with Weight Loss
If you are one of the many adult HIV/AIDS patients experiencing anorexia associated with weight loss, SYNDROS is used to help with anorexia associated with weight loss in adult AIDS patients. If you are one of the many adult HIV/AIDS patients experiencing anorexia associated with weight loss, talk to your Doctor if SYNDROS may be an option for you.
The pathogenesis of AIDS-associated anorexia involves any one or a combination of several factors, including;(5)
- malnutrition and nutrient abnormalities
- gastrointestinal dysfunction
- metabolic dysfunctions
- neuropsychiatric disturbances
- economic and sociocultural factors
- anorexigenic (causing anorexia or loss of appetite) medications
How to Talk to Your Provider
An Important Consideration for Adult AIDS-related Anorexia Patients
Treatment for adult AIDS patients usually involves highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), but unfortunately, it has not been able to eliminate anorexia associated weight loss complications as a side effect of AIDS.
Only two types of appetite stimulants have FDA approval for the treatment of anorexia associated with weight loss in adult AIDS patients:
- Dronabinol, a cannabinoid
- Megestrol acetate, a hormone
Talking to Your Doctor About Anorexia Associated with Weight Loss in HIV/AIDS
Because anorexia associated with weight loss in adult AIDS patients can be brought on by a number of causes, it is important to be as clear as possible with your physician about the symptoms you experience. Be prepared to share the following when speaking with your healthcare provider:
» If you are experiencing an unintentional amount of weight loss over time due to decreased appetite
» Your ease or difficulty eating where you may prefer a liquid medication if appropriate
» If you are irregularly hungry or always lacking appetite
Any information you can give your healthcare provider about your anorexia or loss of appetite with HIV/AIDS, current medications and related responses, and the symptoms you experience on a daily basis will help to find the appropriate avenue for treatment. Knowing the details will allow your healthcare provider to determine if alternative methods of treatment are right for you.