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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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 »

Why am I losing weight continuously for the past 18 days?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20 year old male, and I am losing weight continuously from the last 18 to 25 days. I weigh 48 kg. I feel hungry, but do not feel like eating anything. What should I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Ishwar Chandra Rai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are many causes for weight loss. Some medical conditions and bad body metabolism are common causes. Loss of appetite is one of the primary cause of emaciation. I suggest you try doing the following. Take Ashwagandha and Shatavari powder, 3 gm twice daily with mi...  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 »

Why do I feel full after eating very less since childhood?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 38 years old. I do not have much appetite from my childhood normally. I cannot eat normal meals like others. When I feel hunger and eat, I can able to eat only less amount of food. After that, I have a feeling of fullness and I am not able to eat more. I am underweight. My bones o...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are certain conditions that can cause decreased appetite with weight loss and early satiety. The conditions are gastroparesis (slowing of stomach), celiac disease (gluten allergy), a functional disorder like anorexia nervosa, and genetic related factors. It is...  Read Full »

How to help my diabetic father get his appetite back?

Query: Hi doctor,My father is 62 years old. He has diabetes type 2. Recently, he started feeling unwell. He has stopped eating. He does not want to eat or drink anything. He refuses to eat food for four days now. His blood sugar remains around 250 to 280 mg/dL even though he is not eating. We took him to t...  Read Full »


Dr. Rinku Biswas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your father's blood sugar is too high. You have not mentioned the medication taken by him. Taking Metformin alone will not work for these high levels. He requires insulin too for controlling the levels and then he can take pills depending upon the condition. Do not igno...  Read Full »

Are loss of appetite, tiredness and general weakness symptoms of COVID-19?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother has a loss of appetite, tiredness, general weakness for more than 12 days, and her blood results shows some bad results:SGPT = 64,SGOT =74,lDH =503,GGt=108,Creatinine=0.8,BUN=13.4,WBC=5700,RBC=4.36,HCT=38.6,Hemoglobin=12.7,Lymphocytes=27%,Polymorphs=66%,Monocytes=6%,Eosinophil...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is difficult to comment about COVID depending upon the above investigations. If she is having breathing difficulty, cough, and loss of smell and taste suggestive of the above diagnosis. But confirmation by COVID RT PCR and HRCT chest. The above investigations are ...  Read Full »

Are my symptoms a possibility of COVID-19 infection?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 69-year-old female with a long history of rheumatoid arthritis. On Monday, I started to develop a fever. Two days later, it continued with headache and lack of appetite, fatigue, and weakness, sleepy and spent more than normal hours sleeping. (Between 9 to 12 hours). On Thursday,...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through all your investigation reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). All investigations showing normal except serum Calcium levels are very low and Vitamin D levels also. Probably you are suffering from viral fever with antibio...  Read Full »

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