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Megestrol may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
Drug type: Megace is a hormone therapy. This medication is classified as a “progesterone.” (For more detail, see “How this drug works” section below).
Shortness of breath Megestrol acetate can cause you to be short of breath. Tell your doctor or nurse if it happens.
Megestrol is a man-made version of the human hormone progesterone. It treats breast cancer and endometrial cancer by affecting female hormones involved in cancer growth. It increases weight gain by increasing appetite.
This treatment can make you feel more hungry than usual. This can cause you to gain weight. This effect on your appetite will go away when you stop taking the drug. If you are worried about gaining weight, talk to your doctor or nurse.
Peak drug levels for the first 40 mg dose ranged from 10 to 56 ng/mL (mean 27.6 ng/mL) and the times to peak concentrations ranged from 1.0 to 3.0 hours (mean 2.2 hours). Plasma elimination half-life ranged from 13.0 to 104.9 hours (mean 34.2 hours).
Don’t stop taking Megace (megestrol) suddenly without talking to your doctor since it can be very dangerous or life-threatening. You will need to lower your dose slowly. Symptoms if you stop suddenly can include low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or weakness.
When you stop using megestrol after long-term use, you may have withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or weakness.