He had amoebiasis three weeks ago, and then he was given IV fluid by the doctor at home. With the IV on, his appetite seems to be back from eating a few to finishing a plate of meal. When he was prescribed and taking medications after his lab tests, a few days after, his appetite again decreased. He keeps complaining that the meds make the food disgusting to eat so it's kind of understandable so we opted to give him liquid. After the IV was stopped, and the meds is finished his appetite was never regained. It's always 3 spoons for every meal, so I tried to give him snacks in between just to make sure he eats enough. And now, he refuses to eat more than a spoon or sometimes he just doesn't want to. For context he's bed ridden and can't move that much since his back already hurts.

Yes medication will do this to a person. Also have the doctor check for a UTI. Elderlies get them easy and cause food to taste bad.
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Reply to Ohwow323

asdjvs: Check with his physician on this. As I suggested in your other thread, perhaps swallowing or teeth issues are at play, but his infection of the intestines is serious.
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Reply to Llamalover47

I would definitely check with the doctor who prescribed the medication. You can also check with your pharmacist and the companies who made the medication.
Good luck and Peace!
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Reply to geddyupgo

Ask the person who prescribed the medicine for advice. Also whether there is any medication that could stimulate his appetite. If he has no dietary restrictions, try milkshakes or smoothies that are high in calories. Get a palliative care consult. It may not be time for hospice yet. Don't write him off.
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Reply to swmckeown76

If it doesn't taste good to him, he won't want it.
I know some medications can do that.

Being 90 and bedridden, he doesn't need much food.
If any questions, always ask his MD.

For my friend (89) - no medical issues as you mention here - he was getting so thin (and was bedridden), that I brought him foods that he liked that were higher in calories - pizza, eclairs. While the situation is different, you can keep trying to --- see if the meds 'stop' making food taste bad.

If I were you, I would contact his MD immediately.
And remember ... the company (you) is as important - if not more so - than the food. Be with him. These are golden moments to behold.

Touch him; give a gentle massage (neck, shoulders, legs, arms - whatever you can). Since he is bedridden, this is especially helpful - and he'll hopefully enjoy it.
Gena / Touch Matters
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Reply to TouchMatters

It may be time to bring hospice on board, as not wanting to eat much can be a sign of end of life.
Hospice can also keep his back pain under better control as well. They will send a nurse out once a week to start, and aides to bathe him at least twice a week. They also supply all needed equipment, supplies and medications all covered 100% under your grandfathers Medicare.
Being bedridden your grandfather isn't exerting much energy, so it's not uncommon to not have much of an appetite, so like already said, just let him eat what he wants if he wants.
You can also try giving him some high calorie Boost, or Ensure as well.
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Reply to funkygrandma59

At 90 he has earned the right to eat what he wants or not eat if that's what he want

But do encourage him!

Best of luck!
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Reply to Anxietynacy

Yes, the medications can do this for a while.
With a 90 year old I would let him eat exactly what he wants when he wants it There's no sense in trying to control this one thing he should still have in his own control.
Do understand that the very elderly need next to NOTHING to sustain life in terms of food intake.
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asdjvs Apr 3, 2024
Thank you! It's an interesting point about letting him enjoy his food choices. I will pay more attention to that. I can understand how important it is for him to have some control. However, I am a little concerned about the medications affecting his appetite in the long run. More specifically, do you have any idea or experience how long you think these medication side effects might last?
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