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MEGESTROL ACETATE
MEGESTROL SUSPENSION - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

MEGESTROL SUSPENSION - ORAL

(meh-JESS-troll)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Megace

WARNING: This medication must not be used during pregnancy because birth defects may occur. Megestrol has not been proven to prevent miscarriages that occur early in the pregnancy. Often, the cause of an early miscarriage is due to a defective female egg. Using this drug does not fix a defective egg and may get in the way of expelling it.

Uses

Megestrol suspension is used to stimulate appetite for weight gain. It may also be used for other reasons as determined by your doctor.

How To Use

Shake well before each dose and take exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

Side Effects

This medication may cause diarrhea, impotence, rash, flatulence (gas), weight gain, increased thirst, and increased appetite. If any adverse effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Though less likely to occur, notify your doctor if you experience any of the following: abdominal pain, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, constipation, dry mouth or increased salivation, liver problems, oral lesions, weakness, water retention, mood changes, breathing problems, hair loss, itching, vision problems, increased urination, blood clots. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver disease, stomach or abdominal problems, depression, incomplete abortion, unusual vaginal bleeding, suspected pregnancy, blood clotting problems, diabetes, any allergies. This drug may decrease adrenal gland activity. Therefore, tell your doctors or dentists of your megestrol use or when you stopped using it. After stopping this drug, additional corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone) may be necessary during stress situations such as trauma, major surgery or serious infection. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details. Symptoms of adrenal problems include unusual weakness, fever, dizziness, nausea and rapid weight loss. Contraceptive (birth control) measures are recommended while using this medication. Megestrol suspension must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Megestrol may be excreted into breast milk. Because of the potential of harm to the infant, nursing should be stopped while using this drug.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all the medicines you may use (both prescription and nonprescription). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

It is important to keep all doctor appointments so your progress can be monitored.

Missed Dose

Take any missed dose as soon as possible but not if it is almost time for the next dose. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule. Do not double-up the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 to 25 degrees C) and keep away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom; keep out of the reach of children.

Medical Alert

Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).