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Can a HIV positive person take Duromine for weight loss ?

Hi i would like to know if is it safe to use Duromine if you are HIV positive? i have gained a lot of weight and i want to loose it. i weigh 99 kg.
Asked On : Mon, 13 Feb 2012
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Hello zodwam,

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Duromine is an appetite suppressant and is designed to be used in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Duromine is only recommended for use among patients who are medically classed as heavily overweight or obese. Only people with a BMI (Body Mass Index) greater than 27+ and who suffer from a related illness such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes are normally considered as suitable candidates for the drug.

BMI = weight/height2, with weight being in kilograms and height being in meters squared (the weight in pounds X 0.703/height in inches2 [squared]).

If used incorrectly or for excessive lengths of time Duromine can be habit forming. If over used or abused Duromine patients can form a habit of perceived dependency. Duromine should not be taken for a longer period than prescribed by your doctor. Duromine should not be taken other than by the person it was prescribed for.

Duromine has an active ingredient of phentermine. Phentermine is one of the medications in Phen-Fen. Numerous instances of heart valve abnormalities have been recorded among patients who took the two medications in conjunction with one another. In 1997 the FDA issued a public health warning advising against the use of the Phen-Fen combination.

Duromine is a prescription medication and can only be prescribed by a qualified doctor. Your family physician will assess your weight and disease state to determine if Duromine is appropriate for you.

Be well,
Dr. Kimberly
Answered: Wed, 4 Apr 2012
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