Eat good food
Planning ahead can be an effective way to deal with a loss of appetite. Stock up on foods high in calories and protein, so they’re available when you need them. Include favorite foods on your shopping list. Also consider these protein and nutrient rich foods:
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Pudding cups
- “Trail mix” (dried fruit, nuts, cereals)
- Creamed soups
- Canned (or frozen) fruit in heavy syrup
- Canned tuna, chicken, or other sandwich spreads
- Boxed macaroni and cheese
- Nonfat dry milk powder
- Powdered breakfast drinks
Refrigerated and frozen foods contribute important nutrients to an adequate diet. Here are some high protein, high calorie choices to keep in your home:
- Cold cuts, beef, and poultry
- Cottage cheese
- Ice cream and sherbet
- Popsicles or pudding pops
- Hard cooked eggs or pasteurized eggs*
*Raw or undercooked cracked eggs pose danger of Salmonella. The compromised immune function of persons with AIDS places them at greater than average risk from Salmonella infection.
Commercial food supplements can also boost your caloric and nutrient intake. These products supply a source of calories and protein in a variety of flavors and textures. Ask your treatment provider for more information about supplements. Or, request a referral to a registered dietitian who can provide dietary recommendations just for you.
MARINOL Use and Important Safety Information
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.
If you cannot afford your medication, contact: www.pparx.org or call the
References: 1. MARINOL [prescribing information].