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July 30th, 2007, 08:52 AM
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Are there any appetite stimulants safe for babies (Sarah is just two months old)? I remember when my cat had chronic renal failure giving her some pill to stimulate her appetite, but I can't remember what it was. So there must be drugs for humans that do the same thing (especially since most animal drugs are human drugs). Anyone here use an appetite stimulant drug on their child? If so, what is it and how effective do you think it is?
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July 30th, 2007, 08:55 AM
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I do remember reading about some kids on here who had one. I think it's an allergy med. I'm tempted to ask my doctor for it!
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July 30th, 2007, 09:05 AM
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I do remember reading about some kids on here who had one. I think it's an allergy med. I'm tempted to ask my doctor for it![/b]

Yes! The one my cat was on was actually an allergy med that they found also tended to stimulate the appetite! I wish I could remember what it was - this was 6+ years ago. I think it started with a "c"? Not clairitin though....hmmm....
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July 30th, 2007, 02:47 PM
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brandon has been on it...it's called periactin or cyproheptadine. it's an allergy med that has a side effect of increased appetite for some people. it works great for him for about a week, he'll gain like 1lb then i don't really notice a difference. it was only prescribed to us after it was determined his only issue is small appetite and he was not gaining weight for some other reason.
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We have had our DD on Pericatin (the generic equivalant) for about 6 months now. We never saw any HUGE increase in her appetite, but more of a slow steady type of appetite for her. In fact, last month I was even wondering if it had any effect at all on her-so I stopped giving it to her for about a week. Wow, she absolutely had NO appetite at all after about 3 days without it. I put her back on-but it took about a week of her doses before she got back to "normal" appetite with the periactin.

Our DD is 24 months, and a scant 22 pounds. Luckily, we have found that V8-fusion drink is like a magic elixer for her-she can't get enough if it-so we add suplements to that drink, and I think she is increasing weight at a faster rate now. Too bad that stuff is so expensive!

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