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Megestrol Acetate

Megestrol acetate Prescription
Generic Name: megestrol (meh JESS trol)
Brand Name: Megace ES, Megace
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Megestrol Acetate Drug Information:

Megestrol is used to treat loss of appetite and wasting syndrome in people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Megestrol is not for use in preventing weight loss or wasting syndrome. Megestrol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Do not use if you are pregnant. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. You should not use megestrol if you are allergic to it, or if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor if you have ever had: Learn more

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Megestrol Acetate Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to megestrol: oral suspension, oral tablets

Side effects include:

In patients with breast cancer or endometrial cancer: Weight gain, nausea, vomiting, hypertension, vaginal bleeding and discharge (including breakthrough bleeding), hyperglycemia, asthenia, rash.

In patients with cachexia: Diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, hypertension, impotence, decreased libido, asthenia, rash, insomnia, anemia, fever, hyperglycemia, pain.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to megestrol: compounding powder, oral suspension, oral tablet


Very common (10% or more): Adrenal insufficiency, cushingoid, Cushing's syndrome


Very common (10% or more): Thrombophlebitis, hypertension, hot flush

Common (1% to 10%): Cardiac failure, chest pain, cardiomyopathy, palpitation

Postmarketing reports: Deep vein thrombosis, thromboembolic phenomena


Common (1% to 10%): Leukopenia


Very common (10% or more): Constipation

Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, abdominal pain


Common (1% to 10%): Pollakiuria, menorrhagia, erectile dysfunction, albuminuria, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infection, gynecomastia


Very common (10% or more): Pulmonary embolism (sometimes fatal), dyspnea

Common (1% to 10%): Cough, pharyngitis, lung disorder


Common (1% to 10%): Rash, alopecia, moniliasis

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Herpes, pruritus, vesiculobullous rash, sweating, skin disorder

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Carpal tunnel syndrome, lethargy, paresthesia, convulsion, neuropathy, hypesthesia


Common (1% to 10%): Tumor flare (with or without hypercalcemia), sarcoma


Very common (10% or more): Asthenia, pain, edema

Common (1% to 10%): Edema, peripheral edema


Common (1% to 10%): Amblyopia


Very common (10% or more): Diabetes mellitus, glucose tolerance impaired, hyperglycemia, increased appetite, weight gain

Common (1% to 10%): LDH increased

Postmarketing reports: Glucose intolerance


Common (1% to 10%): Mood altered, confusion, depression

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Megestrol Acetate (www.drugs.com/mtm/megestrol.html).