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Megace ES

Megace ES

Why is Megace ES prescribed?

Megace ES is used to stimulate the appetite in people who are experiencing unexplained or unintended weight loss. Specifically, it's prescribed for the treatment of anorexia (loss of appetite) and cachexia (severe malnutrition). It is also used to treat unexplained, significant weight loss in people with AIDS.

Most important fact about Megace ES

Megace ES may cause severe problems during pregnancy. It is recommended that women of childbearing age avoid pregnancy.

How should you take Megace ES?

Shake contents of the bottle well before pouring into a teaspoon/measuring spoon and swallowing.

  • Storage instructions...Store at room temperature, away from heat.

What side effects may occur?

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Megace ES.

  • Side effects may include:Decrease in sex drive, diarrhea, fever, gas, headache, increased blood pressure, impotence, nausea, rash, sleeplessness, upset stomach, vomiting

Why should Megace ES not be prescribed?

Do not take Megace ES if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also not use Megace ES.

Special warnings about Megace ES

Avoid becoming pregnant while being treated with Megace ES. This drug may cause severe problems during pregnancy.

If you experience nausea, vomiting, weakness, or dizziness while taking Megace ES, tell your doctor immediately.

Chronic use of Megace ES has been associated with developing diabetes or making existing diabetes worse. It has also been associated with Cushing's syndrome (a disorder caused by excess production of the hormone cortisol).

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Megace ES

Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Megace ES. If Megace ES is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Megace ES with rifabutin or the anti-HIV drug zidovudine

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Do not begin therapy with Megace ES if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. This drug may cause severe problems during pregnancy; it may also pass into breast milk.

Recommended dosage for Megace ES


The usual dosage is one teaspoon daily (equivalent to 625 milligrams/5 milliliters).


Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

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