Megestrol acetate

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my doctor prescribed this medication for me. i understand from what i've read on the internet it is used to treat cancer which i don't have.i also am diabetic and this medicine causes a rise in my blood it safe for me to use? lois lyn...
by lois lynch in united states, 08/13/2006

Solution to a side effect of Megestrol Acetate

Night sweats are a serious issue for me. I am a cancer patient currently taking a break from chemotherapy and would very much like to continue the use of your product for weight gain. Is there any product you can recommend to help alleviate this sympt...
by donald in oceanside,ca, 03/03/2006

Megestrol acetate
Megestrol acetate (Megace)
Megestrol acetate
(meh- JESS-trohl)
Pregnancy Category: D Apo-Megestrol Linmegestrol Megace Megace OS Nu-Megestrol (Rx)

Classification: Synthetic progestin

See Also: See also Progesterone and Progestins and Antineoplastic Agents .

Action/Kinetics: Antineoplastic activity is due to suppression of gonadotropins (antiluteinizing effect). Has appetite-enhancing properties (mechanism unknown). Contains tartrazine, which can cause allergic-type reactions, including asthma, often occurring in aspirin sensitivity.

Uses: Tablets: Palliative treatment of advanced endometrial or breast cancer. Should not be used instead of chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. Oral suspension: Treatment of anorexia, cachexia, or an unexplained, significant weight loss in clients with a diagnosis of AIDS.

Contraindications: Use as a diagnostic aid test for pregnancy, in known or suspected pregnancy, or for prophylaxis to avoid weight loss. Use during the first 4 months of pregnancy.

Special Concerns: Use with caution in clients with a history of thromboembolic disease. Use in HIV-infected women with endometrial or breast cancer has not been widely studied. Long-term use may increase the risk of respiratory infections and may cause secondary adrenal suppression. Safety and efficacy in children have not been determined.

Side Effects: GI: Diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, dyspepsia, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, hepatomegaly, increased salivation, abdominal pain, oral moniliasis. CV: Hypertension, cardiomyopathy palpitation. CNS: Insomnia, headache, paresthesia, confusion, seizures depression, neuropathy, hypesthesia, abnormal thought process. Respiratory: Pneumonia, dyspnea, cough, pharyngitis, chest pain, lung disorder, increased risk of respiratory infection with chronic use. Dermatologic: Rash, alopecia, herpes, pruritus, vesiculobullous rash, sweating, skin disorder. GU: Impotence, decreased libido, urinary frequency, albuminuria, urinary incontinence, UTI, gynecomastia. Body as a whole: Asthenia, anemia, fever, pain, moniliasis, infection, sarcoma. Miscellaneous: Leukopenia, edema, peripheral edema, amblyopia.

Laboratory Test Alterations: Hyperglycemia, LDH.

How Supplied: Suspension: 40 mg/mL; Tablet: 20 mg, 40 mg

?Oral Suspension Appetite stimulant in AIDS clients.
Adults, initial: 800 mg/day (20 mL/day). The dose should be adjusted to 400 mg/day (10 mL/day) after 1 month.
?Tablets Breast cancer.
40 mg q.i.d.
Endometrial cancer.
40-320 mg/day in divided doses. To determine efficacy, treatment should be continued for at least 2 months.

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Megestrol acetate

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Andrey, Andrey - 01/10/2014

Boil cinnamon or vanlila on the stove to provide a natural pleasing fragrance to the home if the cancer patient can tolerate it. Bring broad-leafed plants indoors to help keep the air purified while adding beauty. Place fresh flowers around the house to add some cheer and sweet fragrance. Thanks for sharing.Regards,

Megestrol acetate

Effectiveness: ****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *****


Elizabeth Anderson, Woburn, Massachusetts - 07/05/2012

In 1984 I had endometrial cancer, had a hysterectomy 25 radiation treatments and a radium inplant i also took megestrol for about 22 years. I now have incontinence and was told that the radiation and megestrol is probably responsible for it. I urinate so many times in a 24 hour period that I find it hard to deal with. Is there any treatment for this type of problem so I can return to a normal life. I am allergic to many medications and am afraid to try things that have the side affects of the meds I took in the past. Are there people on record with this situation or am I the only one? I am greatful to have been cured of this cancer but I also have diarrhea which I have had all along since I had the radiation treatments and was told that is part of it also.