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Megestrol acetate, a synthetic hormonal formulation, chemically related to progesterone. Megestrol acetate is prescribed for the treatment of anorexia, weight loss in immunocompromised hosts including AIDS patients. Megestrol acetate is also prescribed for the treatment of endometrial and breast cancers.


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Megestrol acetate Indications / Megestrol acetate Uses

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Megestrol acetate Adverse Reactions / Megestrol acetate Side Effects

Megestrol acetate may cause serious adverse events hyperglycemia, sudden numbness, chest pain, sudden cough, rapid breathing, paced heart beats, hypertension, confusion and wheezing. Some of the non-serious adverse events of Megestrol acetate are vaginal bleeding, insomnia, loss of libido, troubled orgasm, GI upset, weakness and mild skin rashes.


Megestrol acetate is contraindicated in pregnant women and patients allergic to Megestrol acetate. Patients with history of thrombosis, stroke and diabetes, should consult a physician before taking Megestrol acetate.

Special Precautions

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Other Drug Interactions

Megestrol acetate may interact with anti-diabetic medicines including insulin and indinavir.

Other Interactions

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The recommended starting adult dose of Megestrol acetate is 800 mg/day.


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List of Contraindications

Megestrol acetate and Pregnancy

Contraindicated in pregnancy
USFDA pregnancy category X. Megestrol acetate can harm the unborn fetus. Perform pregnancy tests before using Megestrol acetate. Use effective contraceptive modes to prevent unintended pregnancies while taking Megestrol acetate.

Megestrol acetate and Lactation

Nursing mothers should consult the healthcare provider before Bosentan monohydrate treatment.

Megestrol acetate and Children

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Megestrol acetate and Geriatic

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Megestrol acetate and Other Contraindications

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Store at 20-25°C.

Lab interference

Store at 20-25°C.

Megestrol acetate brands in India:

Endace Unistrol

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