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A healthcare provider may recommend Megace® (megestrol acetate) to adults with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), breast cancer, or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus). It comes as a tablet that is taken several times a day, or as an oral suspension that is taken once daily.
Megace is a synthetic progestin, a form of the human hormone progesterone. This hormone therapy can help relieve certain symptoms of breast cancer or endometrial cancer. It can also help stimulate the appetite and cause weight gain in people with AIDS.
Before starting treatment with Megace, make sure to review the medication's safety information with your healthcare provider. While many people tolerate this drug well, it is not appropriate for everyone. For example, you may not be able to use it if you are pregnant, have certain allergies, or are taking certain medications.
(Click Megace for more information on this medication, including potential side effects, details on its safety and effectiveness, and dosing instructions.)
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