- What is megestrol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for megestrol?
- Is megestrol available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for megestrol?
- What are the side effects of megestrol?
- What is the dosage for megestrol?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with megestrol?
- Is megestrol safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about megestrol?
What is megestrol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Megestrol is a synthetic female hormone belonging to the progesterone group. It is used for stimulating appetite and treating breast cancer. Progesterone is a hormone produced by the body, especially in women, that helps control the menstrual period as well as other body functions. How megestrol stimulates appetite or suppresses cancer is not understood. The FDA approved megestrol in September 1993.
What brand names are available for megestrol?
Megace, Megace ES, Megace Oral
Is megestrol available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for megestrol?
What are the side effects of megestrol?
The most common side effects are:
- weight gain,
- mood swings,
- breakthrough menstrual bleeding,
- high blood pressure, and
- excess gas (flatulence).
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