Drug Interactions

Megestrol may react with a few other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Megestrol for more information).

What If I Take an Overdose of Megestrol?

An overdose with megestrol can cause a variety of symptoms, such as diarrhea, nausea, abdominal (stomach) pain, and shortness of breath. Seek immediate medical attention if you happen to overdose on this medication.
(Click Megace Overdose for more information.)

Storage Information

Megestrol should be stored at room temperature in a tightly sealed container and away from heat. Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets.

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for the next dose. In this case, simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.

Is There a Generic Version?

Megestrol is available in generic form (see Generic Megace). In fact, megestrol tablets are only available in generic form. It should be noted that megestrol ES is not yet available in generic form.

Who Makes Megestrol?

Megestrol is made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. As noted earlier, brand-name megestrol tablets are no longer manufactured. Generic versions of the oral suspension and the tablets are made by several manufacturers.

Available Strengths

Megestrol is available as a 40-mg-per-mL oral suspension. Megestrol also comes in an extra-strength form as megestrol ES 125 mg per mL oral suspension. Megestrol used to be available in 20-mg and 40-mg tablets; however, the brand-name tablets are no longer manufactured (generic versions are still available).
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