Megestrol - Drug Information

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General Information on Megestrol

Generic Name : Megestrol

Pronunciation : me jess' trole

Latest prescription information about Megestrol. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : (Y42.5-Y42.6) | Therapeutic Classification : Progestin, Antineoplastic, Appetite Stimulant

Trade Names/Brand Names of Megestrol

India : 

International : 

Megace, Megace ES

Why is Megestrol Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a progesterone derivative, prescribed for breast cancer, uterine cancer, loss of appetite, physical wasting, or unexplained significant weight loss in patients with diagnosis of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).  

When should Megestrol not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category X :

Animal and/or human studies have demonstrated fetal injury and potential risks outweigh the benefits of the drug in pregnancy. These drugs are found to be harmful when taken during pregnancy, and should not be used.

What is the dosage of Megestrol?

PO- The recommended adult initial dosage is 625 mg/day (5 mL/day or one teaspoon daily).

How should Megestrol be taken?

It comes as a tablet and suspension to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Megestrol?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of blood clot events, stroke, diabetes, kidney, liver disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
It is not intended for use in the prevention of weight loss.
It should not be used in children.

What are the side effects of Megestrol?

   Body as a Whole : Abdominal pain, chest pain, infection and fungal infection.
   Heart : Disease of heart muscle and palpitations.
   Gastrointestinal : Constipation, dry mouth, liver enlargement, increased salivation and mouth infection.
   Blood : Decrease in white blood cells.
   Metabolic : Increased LDH and swelling in the extremities.
   Central Nervous System : Tingling, confusion, convulsion, depression, nerve disease and abnormal thinking.
   Respiratory : Difficulty in breathing, cough and lung disorder.
   Skin : Hair loss, itching, rash, increased sweating and skin disorder.
   Eye : Visual disturbances.
   Genitourinary : Urinary incontinence, urinary tract infection and breast enlargement in male, vaginal bleeding.

What are the other precautions for Megestrol?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Megestrol?

Store it at 15-25C and dispense in a tight container. Protect from heat.


Schedule : H

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K. 

Nice to know how my doctors keep giving me cancer drugs when i dont have cancer. I thought megestrol and medroxyprogesterone was just to help hormones!!!

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