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    What is Megestrol Acetate used for?

    Megestrol Acetate is used to treat breast cancer. It may also be used to treat endometrial cancer and prostate cancer. This medication is also used as an appetite stimulant to increase your appetite. Also, Megestrol Acetate is indicated in the treatment of anorexia, cachexia, and weight loss due to advanced cancer.

    What is the recommended dosage of Megestrol Acetate?

    The dosage of Megestrol Acetate prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    What if you miss a dose of Megestrol Acetate?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Megestrol Acetate medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Megestrol Acetate?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Megestrol Acetate, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drugs could interact with Megestrol Acetate?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Megestrol Acetate.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Megestrol Acetate, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Megestrol Acetate can interact with diabetes medications.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Megestrol Acetate?

    Like other medicines, Megestrol Acetate can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Megestrol Acetate are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Megestrol Acetate cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Megestrol Acetate develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Megestrol Acetate can cause side effects such as diarrhea, gas, nausea, weight gain, and trouble sleeping. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Megestrol Acetate.

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    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Megestrol Acetate is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2013-01-30
    Hello I wanted to know if I took these pill because I suffer from very poor appetite and very little weight gain would it help my appetite increase? Now I don't have any major illnesses such as cancer, aids or ect. I just want to take something that wil help me keep my food down Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, Megestrol Acetate is used to treat breast cancer. It may also be used to treat endometrial cancer and prostate cancer. This medication is also used as an appetite stimulant to increase your appetite. But still I would suggest you to please get confirmation from your physician before taking this pills.
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