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    Default Appetite Stimulant

    Not weg's related: My sis was dx'd with uterine cancer a year back. It was followed by chemo which she finished this past spring. She has never gained back her weight loss, as her appetite has never really recovered. Doctor is concerned at this point. Reading up on stimulants. It's never going to happen unless something kick-starts things. Unfortunately, she had gotten gastric bi-pass a couple of years back which doesn't help. Reading zinc may also help.
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    Hi David. Is your sister feeling well at the moment? If not, then when she's feeling better her appetite will most likely increase.
    This is frustrating though as she won't begin to feel better if she's getting no energy or nutrients from food. When I was very ill and didn't eat, I forced down nutrient milkshakes (the ones that agreed with me were called "Build Up" by Nestlé). There were also fortisip and Complan, but I couldn't stomach those. As strange as it may sound, even Slim Fast would get her some nutrients (much better than having nothing).
    Diagnosed April 1995

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    Just been browsing the web to see if Build Up are still available as I haven't seen them in a long time. Looks like they are now called Nestlé Meretene Energis, hopefully they are still as palatable as Build Up.
    I was 17 and in hospital when I needed these. After a couple of weeks my appetite was back and I was having midnight feasts of take out pizza with the nurses!
    Diagnosed April 1995

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    Default Re: Appetite Stimulant

    It looks like cannabis is legal in your state. Many people on chemo use it to increase appetite.

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    Default Re: Appetite Stimulant

    Maybe a low, safe dose prednisone?

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    Default Re: Appetite Stimulant

    Hi David, I think your sister has two problems. She has had the gastric bypass and will not be absorbing nutrients or medications normally or at all. She should probably see a nutritionist. I am wondering if she needs nutrients through a vein or PICC line such as TPN. Another problem is the left over crummy feeling from being treated for cancer which makes the above worse. I would still recommend a nutritionist. Good luck!


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