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What is Megace Oral Suspension (Megestrol) prescribed for?

Megestrol, the active ingredient within Megace Oral Suspension, is used to treat loss of appetite and weight loss in people diagnosed with AIDS.

Megestrol is made to be similar to a natural substance within the body called progesterone. Now, progesterone is a hormone that is mainly produce by a woman’s ovaries, and it’s one of the hormones that fluctuates with a woman’s menstrual period. At times, when taking this medication, it can induce weight gain. By taking this medication it may improve your appetitie and help you gain weight, and overall may make you feel better and become more active.

This medication is to be taken by mouth. Usually once a day. When ready to take, shake the bottle well before each dose. Carefully then measure the dose by using a special measuring device or spoon. Do not use a normal household spoon, because you may get an inaccurate dose.

There may be various forms of the liquid megestrol, do no switch between them, or it will leave you with the incorrect dose. And remember that the dosage given to you is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.

Do not increase your dose or use this medication more often or for any longer then what has been prescribed to you. Doing so may increase the risk of side effects.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Megestrol; or to any other medications or allergies in general.

Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any serious health issues in the past, such as; adrenal gland problems (such as Cushing's syndrome), blood clots, diabetes, heart disease (such as congestive heart failure), high blood pressure, kidney disease, unusual vaginal bleeding.

If you have diabetes, this product may affect your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar (see Side Effects section). Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.

Using megestrol for a long time may make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have recently stopped taking it. Tell your doctor right away if you develop unusual/extreme tiredness, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting.

Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication; they are as follows; Trouble sleeping, fever, gas, decreased sexual ability/desire, or upset stomach may occur.However if any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor right away.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: fast/pounding heartbeat, fatigue, headache, swelling of the hands/feet.

This medication may rarely make your blood sugar rise, which can cause or worsen diabetes. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. If you already have diabetes, check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: symptoms of a blood clot (such as chest pain, trouble breathing, pain/redness/swelling of arms or legs), confusion, mental/mood changes, weakness/numbness on one side of the body, trouble speaking, vision changes.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What is Megace Oral Suspension?

This medication is used to treat loss of appetite and weight loss in people with AIDS. The active ingredient within Megace Oral Suspension is known as Megestrol, and it is similar to a natural substance made by the body called progesterone. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.   

 

How long before Megace Oral Suspension works?

It may take up to 3 weeks before you notice an improved diet, and it may take up to 12 weeks to notice any sort of weight gain.

 

How much does Megace Oral Suspension cost?

Megace Oral Suspension falls on Tier 2 of Medicare’s formulary.  A Tier 2 medication usually means it is a “non-preferred generic”. Meaning it can be a bit more expensive. However you may find a more affordable option on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. 

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