What is Megestrol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Megace Megace ES

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Megestrol is a progestin, an apetitie stimulant and an antineoplastic agent. It is used for palliative treatment of breast and endometrial carcinoma; treatment of anorexia, cachexia, or unexplained significant weight loss in patients with AIDS

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Decreased appetite 8 4
Endometrial cancer 2 0
Endometrial hyperplasia 2 0
Hot flashes 1 1
Menstrual spotting 1 0
Ovarian cancer 1 0

Show all 7 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Megestrol

Side effect Patients
Increased appetite 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Megestrol

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 3
200 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Megestrol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 3
Did not seem to work 3
Doctor's advice 2
Other 1
See all 6 patients who've stopped taking Megestrol

Duration

Currently taking Megestrol

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2

Stopped taking Megestrol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 7
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 4

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Megestrol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Birth control 1
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1 patient evaluation for Megestrol

Mar 3, 2011 (Started Jan 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for appittite)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Be prepared to have an appittite
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 16, 2010 (Started Jan 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for appittite)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If Im haveing cereal in the morning I add it to the cereal or drink it in a glass of milk durng the evening
Cost: < $25 monthly

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