Adults with breast cancer, endometrial cancer, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) may receive megestrol acetate (Megace®). This prescription medication is a type of hormone therapy and comes in the form of an oral suspension or a tablet. It can help stimulate appetite and cause weight gain in people with AIDS, and can also help relieve symptoms associated with breast cancer or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
Although it may be an effective medication, not everyone can take this drug. Information on megestrol acetate should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before starting treatment to help minimize potential complications. For instance, some people may have an increased risk for developing blood clots, adrenal insufficiency, or Cushing's syndrome while using this medicine.
(Click Megestrol for more details on this drug, including information on what your healthcare provider needs to know before you start treatment, dosing guidelines, and why this medicine may not be safe for certain people.)
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