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Megestrol tablets are used to treat symptoms of breast and endometrial (inner lining of the uterus) cancer.
How does this medication work?
Megestrol tablets work by affecting the hormones involved in the growth of cancer cells.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Megestrol tablets may help to relieve symptoms associated with breast and endometrial cancer.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take megestrol tablets exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may notice an improvement in your symptoms after you start taking megestrol tablets. Your healthcare provider may also ask you questions from time to time to assess how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: increased appetite, weight gain.
Less common side effects may include:
Harm to your unborn baby if taken during pregnancy. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you believe or suspect you are pregnant while you are taking megestrol tablets.
Adrenal insufficiency (a disorder where the body does not make enough of certain hormones), with symptoms such low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or weakness.
Megestrol tablets may also cause or worsen existing diabetes.
Do not take megestrol tablets if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with megestrol tablets. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes, Cushing's syndrome (a hormone disorder), adrenal gland problems, bleeding problems, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The usual dose is 40 milligrams (mg) four times a day.
Adults: The usual dose is 40-320 mg per day, taken in divided doses as directed by your healthcare provider.
Take megestrol tablets exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking megestrol tablets without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Do not become pregnant or breastfeed while you are taking megestrol tablets.
No significant interactions have been reported with megestrol tablets at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Megestrol tablets can harm your unborn baby if taken during pregnancy. Do not become pregnant or breastfeed while you are taking megestrol tablets. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of megestrol tablets, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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