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Megace® (megestrol acetate) is a synthetic hormone medication. The oral suspension form of Megace is approved to increase appetite and cause weight gain in people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
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 opportunistic infections and death. Megace can help stimulate appetite in people with AIDS, which can help reverse weight loss.
The oral suspension is usually taken once daily. There is also a tablet version used to relieve the symptoms of breast cancer or endometrial cancer.
(Click Megace Uses to learn more about the uses for Megace, including how it increases appetite and relieves certain cancer symptoms. This article also discusses how the medicine works and whether it is safe for use in children.)
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