Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neuro/psych

Megace 

(megestrol)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neuro/psych
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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.

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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.

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.
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.

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

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Side effect rates for Megace (megestrol)

102 From clinical trials of Megace / Appetite & weight loss (100mg daily)
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Unable to get or maintain an erection
  • Lower sexual desire
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Low red blood cells
  • Vomiting

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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