People who have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and are experiencing weight loss may receive Megace® (megestrol acetate). This prescription drug can help cause weight gain by stimulating the appetite.
AIDS can cause severe anorexia, malnutrition, and an inability to eat. This results in weight loss, muscle wasting, and malnutrition, which further increases the risk for infections and death. Megace can help stimulate appetite in people with AIDS, which can help reverse weight loss. The oral suspension form is approved for this specific use. It is usually taken once daily.
(For more details on how this medicine can help reverse weight loss, click Megace Uses. This full-length article takes a closer look at how this medication can help stimulate appetite in people with AIDS and relieve symptoms of certain types of cancer.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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