Tips for a nutritious diet

The purpose of consuming an adequate diet, even at times when you don’t feel like eating, is to maintain an ideal weight and good nutritional status. Key to an adequate diet for HIV-infected individuals are foods dense in calories and nutrients. In other words, when you find it difficult to eat, make the most of what you do consume by selecting foods that provide many calories or nutrients in each mouthful.

Try some of the following ideas to boost your food intake. Keep in mind the foods you previously may have limited in your diet, especially those higher in fat, now can provide a significant source of calories. Enjoy an ice cream sundae frequently.

Cool or cold foods can dull pain from the mouth and throat sores; popsicles may even numb your mouth prior to eating a larger meal. The cooler temperatures also diminish the aroma of unappetizing food.

  • Make “double strength” milk. Blend one cup of nonfat dry milk powder with one quart of whole milk. Refrigerate and use for puddings, cereal, shakes, and soups.
  • Eat foods with a softer consistency, like applesauce. They’re easier to swallow. Creamed sauces or gravies also moisten food for easier swallowing.
  • Treat yourself to an appetizing atmosphere! Sit in a comfortable chair. Use a tablecloth and china. Invite a friend to share your meal. Play some music. An appetizing mood can help make food appetizing.

MARINOL Use and Important Safety Information

USE1,2

MARINOL is used for loss of appetite associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION1,2

MARINOL should not be used if you are allergic to dronabinol or any of its ingredients, including marijuana and sesame oil.

You should not drive, operate machinery, or engage in any hazardous activity until you know how this medication affects you and until you are sure you can perform such tasks safely.

While taking MARINOL, do not drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, or take other drugs that have an effect on the central nervous system such as Valium® (diazepam), Librium® (chlordiazepoxide), Xanax® (alprazolam), Seconal® (secobarbital), Nembutal® (pentobarbital), or phenobarbital. It is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist about all other prescription and non-prescription medicines you are taking as MARINOL use may change the effect of these medicines.

Be sure to tell your doctor if you:

  • Have a history of seizure disorders and/or seizure-like activity because this has occurred in people taking MARINOL. If you experience a seizure, stop taking MARINOL and seek medical attention immediately
  • Have or had heart problems because you may experience low or high blood pressure, fainting, or fast heart rate
  • Have current issues with or a history of drug and alcohol abuse
  • Have or had mental health problems (mania, depression, schizophrenia) because MARINOL may make these illnesses worse
  • Are pregnant or nursing or become pregnant

MARINOL should be used with caution in pregnancy, nursing mothers or children because it has not been studied in these populations.

Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug.

You may experience changes in mood or have other effects when first taking MARINOL. Be sure that there is a responsible person nearby when you first take MARINOL or when there is an adjustment in your dose.

Do not smoke marijuana while using MARINOL. This can cause an overdose.

Adverse effects you may experience include feeling high, dizziness, confusion, or sleepiness.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).

If you cannot afford your medication, contact: www.pparx.org or call the toll-free phone number (1-888-4PPA-NOW) (1-888-477-2669) for assistance.

References: 1. MARINOL [prescribing information]. 2. MARINOL [patient information].

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Safety Considerations

MARINOL should not be used if you are allergic to dronabinol or any of its ingredients, including marijuana and sesame oil. You should not drive or operate machinery until you know how MARINOL affects you. While taking MARINOL, do not drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, or take other drugs that have an effect on the central nervous system such as sedatives or hypnotics. Tell your doctor if you have or had in the past, any of the following: heart problems; mental health problems; issues with drug or alcohol abuse; seizure disorders and/or seizure-like activity. Also tell your doctor if you are or become pregnant or are nursing.

Use1,2

MARINOL is used for loss of appetite associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS.