Anorexia Associated with Weight Loss in AIDS Patients

Appetite Stimulation in the Treatment of AIDS-related Anorexia Associated with Weight Loss

SYNDROS is used to counteract anorexia associated with weight loss in AIDS patients. Conventional medications don’t always provide the necessary appetite stimulation needed to bring AIDS patients back into a comfortable place in their daily life. If you are one of the 90,000 HIV/AIDS patients experiencing weight loss, SYNDROS may improve your appetite.

Anorexia Associated with Weight Loss in AIDS Can be Brought on by a Number of Causes, Including:

Pathology of the oral cavity or esophagus

Dysfunction of the central nervous system (CNS) affecting hunger or eating mechanisms

A secondary result to systemic infections, malabsorption, or medications

How to Talk to Your Provider

An Important Consideration for AIDS-related Anorexia Patients

Treatment for AIDS patients usually involves highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), but unfortunately, it has not been able to eliminate 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 AIDS patients:

  • Dronabinol, a cannabinoid
  • Megestrol acetate, a hormone

Talking to Your Doctor About Anorexia Associated with Weight Loss

Because anorexia associated with weight loss in 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 unintentional weight loss

   associated with AIDS

» Your ease or difficulty eating

» If you find it difficult to swallow gelatin capsules
» If you are irregularly hungry or always lacking


Any information you can give your healthcare provider about your weight loss, 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.