Q: I have been on interferon and ribavirin for about 6 weeks. I’ve found I can eat cold foods, but hot foods usually have no appeal for me. Is this normal?
A: Combination therapy with interferon plus ribavirin can cause appetite problems. Because smell is part of the system of taste and appetite, people sometimes find that foods served warm are not appealing because of the odors associated with cooking or that the food emits before eating.
Cold foods emit less odor, which may help some people who are struggling with warm foods start to enjoy eating again while maintaining a healthy weight during therapy.
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