Loss Of Appetite

The reduced desire to eat anything is called loss of appetite or poor appetite or anorexia. Various causes, such as pneumonia, meningitis, pneumonia, depression, grief, dementia, heart failure, or cancer, can result in loss of appetite. If left untreated, it can result in severe malnutrition and weight loss.

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Post-COVID, my brother is experiencing a loss of appetite. What can be done to improve appetite?

Query: Hi doctor, My brother, aged 40, got tested positive for COVID two weeks back, and he immediately started taking covid treatment from home. However, after a week of medication from home, he did not recover, and last week he got admitted to a hospital due to low oxygen levels. After treatment for four...  Read Full »


Dr. Rohit Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your brother's case, and it fits into the mild-moderate category of covid infection according to the latest clinical algorithm. Commonly, the post-COVID sequelae have a lot of gastric symptoms and weakness. So do not worry, as the condition will ...  Read Full »

Caan my appetite loss be due to anxiety?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been feeling extremely sick and disgusting for four months now from anxiety. I struggle to eat anything. I am currently on Clonazepam which works for a few hours. I feel so sick. I am a 47-year-old female who weighs 50 kg and is 162 cm tall.  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You may have an anxiety disorder. However, there is non-pharmacological management for it. I suggest you follow the guidelines below to deal with it. It will help you. You should do exercises daily for 30 - 45 minutes, like at least going for a walk. If possible, join t...  Read Full »

Is it normal for a 65-year-old female to eat less following a fever treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandmother is 65 years old. She had a fever last week. She was taking Zerodol-P and Azio 500. Now, there is no fever but, her eating capacity has greatly reduced. After taking only a bite or two, she feels full and does not want to eat further.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.A reduction in appetite occurs due to both fever as well as drug-induced gastritis.Firstly, complete the five-day course of Azio (Azithromycin). If the fever has settled, stop Zerodol (Aceclofenac) and have it only in case of fever.She can have tablet Pan DSR (Pantoprazo...  Read Full »

I am taking a lesser amount of food as I feel obese. Am I anorexic?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a loss of appetite and a feeling of nausea after eating for a while now. I also see myself as fat although I have been told I am not. I used to lower the amount of food I ate so that I would not put on weight. I only ate dinner as a way of getting thinner. Does this make me a...  Read Full »


Dr. Chandra Prakash Tanwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to be suffering from anorexia nervosa as you have been eating less so as not to gain weight, in spite of being told that you are not fat. It is a type of a psychiatric disorder. So, I suggest you consult a psychiatrist regarding this. For your complaints of n...  Read Full »

I have lost my appetite and eating food is making me nauseous. Please suggest a solution.

Query: Hello doctor, I stopped eating, and I cannot stand food now. Every time I eat, I feel sick or I tend to get sick. I have a 4-month-old baby that needs my care and attention. Is there anything you can suggest to me so that I will start feeling hungry and eat without falling sick later?  Read Full »


Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query, and I am sorry for such discomfort. I can suggest medicines after knowing the symptoms or the pathology. Please elaborate on the following questions so that I can guide you further. 1. Can you elaborate on what sickness you feel or get ...  Read Full »

Will taking Magnesium for a long duration leads to the development of laxative dependent bowel movement?

Query: Hello doctor, I am contacting you regarding my bowel issues. About five years ago, I began taking moderate to high doses of Magnesium to ease my heart palpitations. This caused my stools to be very loose and easy to pass. I would normally have 2 to 3 bowel movements a day. Beginning last year, I st...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Magnesium dependency looks unlikely. Magnesium, being a laxative, helped your pre-existing condition. The symptoms you have mentioned point towards IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). This is constipation-predominant IBS. In constipation-predominant IBS, you may develop SR...  Read Full »

My 1.5-year-old child keeps refusing food. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My child is 1.5 years old and he weighs 11.9 kg. He is playful and looks energized but refusing food. Is it normal? Kindly suggest any treatment if needed. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Sirisha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For a 1.5 year old, the weight is good. Usually kids of this age group tend to be more interested in their surroundings and play, so will refuse food and might be choosy. If child is healthy and growing according to his age norms such as able to walk by now, says few word...  Read Full »

Will taking epileptic medication for a long period cause loss of appetite?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 19-year-old. I have epilepsy (my last seizure was on the second six months ago), taking Lamotrigine and Divalproex Sodium-ER. The main issue today is a lack of appetite. I eat small, but already stomach feels full. I ate yogurt and a cup of protein shake now feels full as if I can go ...  Read Full »


Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Loss of appetite could be due to many reasons. Medical conditions causing it should be ruled out. Psychological factors also decrease appetite. These are some natural ways to stimulate your appetite: 1) Eat smaller meals frequently. Divide the large meals int...  Read Full »

Does a hiatus hernia cause ulcer formation in the lower end of the gullet?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 10 cm hiatus hernia. I have been under a specialist for 12 months now. I had two endoscopic procedures done, one under GA, but my gullet was not opening and was severely inflamed. On the CT scan, it shows a dark shaded area. The consultant could not get to see a closer picture o...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I want some clarification before I would be able to guide you on what further you should do. TB (total billirubin) is 20. Is it in mmol/liter, or is it mg/dl? It is important. Please upload the liver function test results. I could not find this in your notes nor in the ...  Read Full »

Does medication used for schizophrenic disorder cause weight loss and lethargy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 34 year old male weighing 81 kg. I had my first manic episode 16 years back, for which I was put under psychiatric care for two months. Then again after a couple of years, I had some depressive symptoms for which I was prescribed Escitalopram 20 mg once daily and some ayurvedic ...  Read Full »


Dr. Pankaj Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems that you have bipolar affective disorder and currently in the depression phase. According to me, your thyroid disturbances should have been treated while taking Lithium, rather than discontinuing it, as Lithium is the best medicine for your condition. Los...  Read Full »

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