Megace

(megestrol)

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Treats appetite and weight loss in people with AIDS, and pain in people with cancer.

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Our bottom line

Megace (megestrol) is good for treating appetite and weight loss in people with advanced cancer or AIDS, without causing the side effects of steroids.

Quick facts about Megace
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (megestrol)
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Upsides

  • Compared to other medicines, Megace (megestrol) has fewer side effects.
  • Megace (megestrol) is available in generic and comes in a pleasant tasting liquid that is easy to take.
  • Megace (megestrol) comes in 2 different strengths, which can lower the amount of liquid you have to take.

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Downsides

  • Can make it difficult to get or maintain an erection.
  • Can cause vaginal bleeding.
  • If you've ever had blood clots, Megace (megestrol) can make you more likely to have them again.

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How it works

Megace (megestrol) is a progestin derivative (steroid hormone). In people who have endometrial and breast cancer, it lowers certain hormones created in tumors that are responsible for causing pain. It is not clear how Megace (megestrol) treats appetite and weight loss.

Quick facts about Megace
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (megestrol)

Used for

  • Cancer pain
  • Appetite loss and weight loss in AIDS
  • Appetite loss and weight loss in cancer

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Megace (megestrol) for Appetite & weight loss

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Side effect rates for Megace (megestrol)

From 102 clinical trials of Megace when taken for appetite & weight loss (100mg daily)
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Fever
  • Unable to get or maintain an erection
  • Nausea
  • Lower sexual desire
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Anemia
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Pneumonia

Risks and Warnings for Megace (megestrol)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Pregnancy

    If you're pregnant, don't take Megace (megestrol) because it can harm your fetus. Use birth control while you're taking Megace (megestrol) to prevent an unwanted pregnancy from happening. Talk to your doctor if this is a problem.

Common concerns from people taking Megace (megestrol)

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