Megace (Megestrol Acetate)
Megace (Megestrol) is a hormone therapy medication used to treat loss of appetite and weight loss because of sickness. It is also used to treat advanced breast cancer and endometrial cancer. Megestrol is a man-made form of progesterone. This medication works by changing the hormone balance in the body, which may stop the cancer from growing. It can also act directly on cancer cells so that they cannot grow. Take Megace as directed by your doctor.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Megace oral suspension from Canada manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb. The generic Megestrol tablets are available from Canada, India and New Zealand by different manufacturers. Megace oral suspension is available in the strength of 40 mg/ml/240 ml and 40 mg and 160 mg tablets.
The common side effects may include changes in appetite, decreased sexual ability or desire, fever, gas, trouble sleeping and upset stomach.
Inform your doctor right away if you have any of the following serious side effects such as:
• Fast or pounding heartbeat;
• Swelling of the hands or feet
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not take Megace if you are allergic to Megestrol or if you have any other allergies. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medications. This medication may affect your blood sugar if you have diabetes. Megace should not be used during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. This medication can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets. This medication passes into breast milk.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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