Megestrol 40mg is a progestational agent or a synthetic form of the female sex hormone progesterone. It works by decreasing the estrogen secretion and to some extent by direct cytotoxic effect on tumor cells.
Megestrol is used to treat loss of appetite and weight loss in people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medicine is also used in the treatment of advanced breast cancer and endometrial cancer.
Megestrol Common Side Effects :
nausea, gas, diarrhea; unusual vaginal bleeding; mild skin rash; or weakness.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these side effects during or after your treatment with Generic Megestrol:
- weight gain (especially in your waist and upper back), stretch marks; thinning skin, easy bruising, increased acne or facial hair; menstrual problems
- high blood sugar (increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss);
- pain, swelling, warmth, or redness (especially in one or both legs); or chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
- Megestrol may reduce the amount of natural steroid your body makes. This may occur while you take it or after you stop taking it. Tell your doctor right away if you notice symptoms such as fainting or severe or unusual weakness, dizziness.