Megace Tablets

Megace® (megestrol acetate) is a prescription medicine prescribed to treat certain types of cancers and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Specifically, Megace tablets are used to relieve symptoms of advanced breast cancer or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus). The oral suspension is given to help stimulate appetite and cause weight gain in people with AIDS.
Megace tablets are taken several times a day, while the oral suspension is usually taken once daily. While most people tolerate this medication well, some people may develop side effects. Common adverse reactions include diarrhea, a rash, and weight gain.
Megace used to be available in 20-mg and 40-mg tablets; however, the brand-name tablets are no longer manufactured (generic versions are still available). The medicine is also available as a 40-mg-per-mL oral suspension.
(To learn more about the oral suspension and tablets, click Megace. This resource contains a full-length overview on this medication, including dosing instructions, details on how it works, safety precautions, and more.)
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