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About your treatment
Your doctor has ordered the drug megestrol to help treat your illness. Megestrol comes as tablets and as a liquid to take by mouth.
This medication is used to treat:
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Megestrol is similar to progesterone, a hormone produced by the body. It is not known how megestrol prevents cancer cell growth or how it stimulates appetite.
Other uses for this medicine
Megestrol also is used to stimulate appetite and promote weight gain in patients with muscle wasting due to cancer or in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Megestol has been used with estrogen to prevent pregnancy. It also has been used in the treatment of prostatic hypertrophy, endometriosis, and endometrial hyperplasia. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.
Before taking megestrol,
Although side effects from megestrol are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Keep megestrol in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT