Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Megace, Megace ES
Generic Name: megestrol (Pronunciation: meh JESS trol)
What is megestrol (Megace, Megace ES)?
Megestrol is used to treat loss of appetite and weight loss in people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Megestrol is also used in the treatment of advanced breast cancer and endometrial cancer.
Megestrol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Megesterol 40 mg-BAR
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Megestrol 20 mg-BAR
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Megestrol 20 mg-ROX
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Megestrol 40 mg-PAR
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Megestrol 40 mg-ROX
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What are the possible side effects of megestrol (Megace, Megace ES)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about megestrol (Megace, Megace ES)?
Megestrol can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use megestrol if you are pregnant.
Your dosage needs may change if you have surgery, are ill, are under stress, or have an infection. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor's advice.
Megace ES contains a higher concentration of megestrol than Megace. Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions about the medicine you receive at the pharmacy.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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