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Generic name: calcium hydroxylapatite

Merz Aesthetics

What it does:
Treats facial fat loss (lipoatrophy) and stimulates the body’s collagen production to combat HIV-related facial wasting

Traditional dosage:
Varies; the drug is available in single-use vials with 0.3, 1, or 1.3 milliliters of calcium hydroxylaptite suspended in a water-based gel. It is injected into the skin, and results can last up to a year

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
Users of blood thinners or aspirin may have bleeding or bruising at the injection site. For 24 hours after treatment, avoid significant movement, massage, sun exposure, or makeup use.

Side effects:
Irritation, redness, swelling, itching, burning, or tenderness at the injection site may occur, but typically resolve shortly after treatment.
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