Megace® (megestrol acetate) is a prescription hormone therapy medication. The oral suspension is approved to stimulate appetite and weight gain in people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The tablets are approved to treat people with advanced breast cancer or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
However, there may be times when a healthcare provider may prescribe this medicine for "off-label," or unapproved, uses. Some off-label uses for Megace including treating hot flashes in men with prostate cancer and malnutrition in people who do not have AIDS.
(For more details, click Megace Uses. This Web page presents a closer look at specific uses for Megace, including how the drug works, approved uses, and when a healthcare provider may prescribe it for unapproved reasons.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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