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Each drink will have a calorie load. Make sure you take enough.
I suspect if you go to your GP you may end up in an ED clinic because not eating properly for 3 weeks isn't just a stress reaction, it is a lifestyle change.
Fresubin is the least horrible, Complan isn't great but more readily available. its around 400 cals a drink usually, so you're looking at maybe three a day plus food. A normal healthy calorie intake is usually 1400 to 2000 a day, so if you want weight gain you need maybe 3000 cals a day.
And no, you need to go to a chemist usually for them - they are medically indicated for people who cannot or refuse normal nutrition, but please see your GP as a matter of urgency. I cannot stress this enough, you are very very unwell at the moment and it is so important to get an appointment. Call them, tell them its urgent, and they will usually see you same day.
I would also hazard a guess that a fair amount of the stone you've lost is water weight - are you making sure to stay hydrated? What looks like loose skin and a loss of muscle tone may just be the effects of dehydration.
I know it's going to be a relatively slow process, so I'm trying my best.
I hope that helps.
Sorry, as a dietitian I wouldn't advise this - you CAN eat, you just arn't.
A GP would be remiss if he/she prescribed these.
There is no need to replace with supplements, you'll get reliant on them. What you need to do, is eat little meals often and fortify what you are eating.
Granted, I can see where you're coming from and sort of agree- opting for build up drinks over food can build a dependency on them and also prevent you from working on the issue where food feels too much of a problem.
But if things are getting difficult physically, then this can be something to support you if you are also minded to work on trying to get back to eating again- OP only you know if the eating is something you are working on and just need the drinks to act as a sort of foot in the door to take things at your own pace or if you'd be using them to sort of give up feeling like you needed to try.
It really could only be a decision you could make by being very honest with yourself and your Doctor. If the action of eating is something you find too difficult at the moment, make sure you are actually getting support with that difficulty, not just from your immediate circle (eg friends, family...etc) but also if possible from professionals if you aren't getting anywhere fast and it has become a problem for you if you did want to go down the build up drink route.
But you're right TeamPlum, I have known people rely on them a tad too much and fall back on them as a sort of comfort blanket where they give up trying to get back to eating and in turn, stopping eating and socialising with others and ends up with a very narrow and limited diet which can really have huge negative social effects, so be wary of this if opting for them. They can help physically but sometimes they are not without psychological effect.