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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

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Megace (Megestrol)

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Megace (Megestrol)

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Strength

160mg

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    Description

    MEGACE (megestrol) is a prescription hormone product that can be prescribed for multiple conditions. It can be used to stimulate appetite and to treat certain types of cancer.

    • Anorexia or cachexia associated with AIDS
    • Cancer-related cachexia
    • Breast cancer
    • Endometrial cancer

    MEGACE stimulates appetite by affecting the hormones that make a person feel “full.” 

    MEGACE is a synthetic progesterone that mimics the effects of natural progesterone in the body. It blocks luteinizing hormone, which can increase the growth of certain breast and endometrial cancers.

    Directions

    The MEGACE dose will vary depending on what it has been prescribed for. Take MEGACE exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

    If being used to treat cancer, take it as prescribed by your oncologist.

    • Anorexia or cachexia associated with AIDS: MEGACE oral suspension, 625-800 mg by mouth daily
    • Cancer-related cachexia: MEGACE tablets, 160-800 mg by mouth every day in divided doses
    • Breast cancer: MEGACE tablets, 40 mg by mouth four times daily for at least two months
    • Endometrial cancer: MEGACE tablets, 40 to 320 mg by mouth in divided doses for at least two months

    Ingredients

    The active ingredient in MEGACE is megestrol.

    Interactions

    Common drug interactions with MEGACE can include:

    • Anticoagulants
    • Defetilide
    • Pamolidomide
    • Ulipristal

    Speak with your doctor or pharmacist to learn about all the drug interactions that may impact your health.

    Cautions

    Tell your doctor if you have a history of adrenal suppression, thromboembolism, or diabetes.

    Side Effects

    Common adverse reactions with MEGACE may include:

    • Abdominal pain
    • Albuminuria
    • Alopecia
    • Candidiasis
    • Cough
    • Decreased libido
    • Diarrhea
    • Dyspepsia
    • Edema
    • Fever
    • Flatulence
    • Gynecomastia
    • Headache
    • Hyeprtension
    • Hyperglycemia
    • Impotence
    • Insomnia
    • Nausea
    • Pain
    • Palpitations
    • Skin rash
    • Urinary incontinence
    • Urinary tract infection
    • Vomiting
    • Weakness

    Find a great MEGACE cost by searching online at Canada Drugs Direct. Buy MEGACE online with a valid prescription from your doctor. If you are using MEGACE for cancer treatment, tell your oncologist where you are getting your medication.

    References


    Megace [package insert]. Princeton, New Jersey: Bristol-Myers Squibb; 2012.



    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 2404

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