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How many elderly people take appetite stimulants?

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Although there are no available statistics on how many older people take appetite stimulants, they are often given to the elderly under certain circumstances, according to Today's Geriatric Medicine. There are no appetite stimulation medications that are FDA-approved specifically for use by the elderly.

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Megesterol acetate is given frequently to older people who experience weight loss or who are in a nursing facility following a period of hospitalization. Mirtazapine, or Remeron, an antidepressant, has been used to increase appetite in the depressed elderly, informs Today's Geriatric Medicine in an article published in June 2013.

Older individuals who have been given recombinant human growth hormone, which is from new combinations of genetic material, have seen an improvement in lean body weight, explains Today's Geriatric Medicine. The underlying causes of suppressed appetite should be investigated, rather than encouraging reliance on appetite stimulants.

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