Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Megestrol to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does It Work?

Megestrol is a type of hormone therapy. It is a progestin, or a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone. The exact way it works is unknown. What is known is that megestrol decreases the amount of estrogen made by the body. This is important because estrogen stimulates some cancer cells to grow. Megestrol may also have direct effects on cancer cells.
In clinical studies, megestrol was shown to stimulate appetite and cause weight gain. It is not known how the medication produces these effects. However, it can be used to treat weight loss because of these side effects.
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