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Tesamorelin (By injection)

Reduces excess stomach fat (lipodystrophy) in HIV-infected patients.

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Tesamorelin injection is a hormone similar to the one normally released from the hypothalamus gland in the brain. It is used to reduce excess fat (lipodystrophy) in the abdomen or stomach in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription… Read more
Brand names include
Egrifta
Drug classes About this
Endocrine-Metabolic Agent

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Evidence reviews

Growth hormone axis treatments for HIV-associated lipodystrophy: a systematic review of placebo-controlled trials

BACKGROUND: HIV-associated lipodystrophy is a disorder of fat metabolism that occurs in patients with HIV infection. It can cause metabolic derangements and negative self-perceptions of body image, and result in noncompliance with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Growth hormone (GH) axis drugs have been evaluated for treatment of this disorder, but no systematic review has been conducted previously.

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