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This may be an obsurd question, but should I fast if my appetite has always been next to none-existent? I currently take Megace (megestrol) ES to help me eat.

 This may be an obsurd question, but should I fast if my appetite has always been next to none-existent? I currently take Megace (megestrol) ES to help me eat.

Poor appetite.: Two suggestions:

1: Set up an appointment with a dietitian.
2: Go online to "NuVal" and see if you can improve your diet., NuVal has about 100 items for you to look at. ...Read more

Dr. George Canellos
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I have been taking Megace (megestrol) Es on and off.Now im back on it for two weeks.But Im not getting hungry or gaining at all.What could be happening.Concerned?

I have been taking Megace (megestrol) Es  on and off.Now im back on it for two weeks.But Im not getting hungry or gaining at all.What could be happening.Concerned?

Depends: Megace (megestrol) ES is used for Anorexia/weight loss, AIDs associated weight loss, Cancer related Cachexia. I have used it for patients who have no appetite. First determine why you have not appetite? Review sx with Dr. who prescribed med.. Consider going to a nutritionist to create a diet plan that is palatable for your palate. Excess calories will lead to weight gain. ...Read more

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Is it okay to start Pueraria Mirifica 500mg, right after, or day after stopping Megace (megestrol) Es? Any concerns?

Is it okay to start Pueraria Mirifica 500mg, right after, or day after stopping Megace (megestrol) Es? Any concerns?

Depends: Since pueraria migifica is a phytoestrogen ( a plant derived estrogen like compound ), it may be contraindicated altogether and risky if the megace (megestrol) has been used for certain conditions. Ask your doctor if estrogen is safe for you and if not you should avoid the pueraria. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I took megace (megestrol) es for about 3 months. People tell me that i look darker, as if I have a tan. Is this a side effect? Will i continue to get darker?

I took megace (megestrol) es for about 3 months. People tell me that i look darker, as if I have a tan. Is this a side effect?  Will i continue to get darker?

Adrenal suppression: One of the possible side effects from Megace (megestrol) is adrenal suppression, which can result in darker pigmentation of the skin.
You should contact your physician immediately to notify him/her of this symptom. Depending on why you are taking it and the severity of your other problems, you need to discuss discontinuation of the medication. ...Read more

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Can the on and off or prolonged use of Megace (megestrol) ES cause birth defects if in the future you decide to have children? What are the concequences?

Can the on and off or prolonged use of Megace (megestrol) ES cause birth defects if in the future you decide to have children? What are the concequences?

Possibly: Agree with above answer and to expand on it, a teratogen exerts it's damage when taken during pregnancy. If you are not taking it from before conception through the pregnancy your risk is considerably lower, ...Read more

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How long does it take for a moon face to fade after having stopped Prednisone or Megace (megestrol) Es?

How long does it take for a moon face to fade after having stopped Prednisone or Megace (megestrol) Es?

Hard to say.: I think this is a very individual thing. Some people never get it while others have it with just a small amount of prednisone. I would guess that it takes as long to go away as it took to get it. ...Read more

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Why is it when I stop taking Megace (megestrol).i don't have a appetite?

Whoprescribed-megace: Are you taking it because of any h/o cancer or just taking it as an appetite stimulant. Sorry for asking this question because menace not avery commonly prescribed drug ,for loss of appetite. Who prescribed it, your primary care doctor or some other consult
physician. Need the above information before answering fully for ur question please. ...Read more

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Has anyone experienced side effects or symptoms with megace (megestrol)?

Has anyone experienced side effects or symptoms with megace (megestrol)?

Yes, it is possible: This is a very strong progestin medication and is often associated with weight gain, fluid retention, possible blood clots and high blood sugars. Other side effects are possible but less common. ...Read more

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How long once you stop taking megace (megestrol) does it take for side effects to stop?

How long once you stop taking megace (megestrol) does it take for side effects to stop?

Megace (megestrol): Megace (megestrol) is out of your system in 100 to 250 hours. Thus, side effects should diminish after this time frame. ...Read more

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Can I use megace (megestrol) if i'm underweight?

Can I use megace (megestrol) if i'm underweight?

It depends: The real question is why are you underweight. Megace is a steroid based compound that increases appetite and as a result weight. It does not specifically put on bodyweight. It does promote fat stores. Additionally, when you stop Megace there is the potential for adrenal insufficiency acutely. What you should be focusing on his training underlying cause and if possible treating the cause! ...Read more

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I'm on megace (megestrol). Lately i noticed I have pain in the back of my neck. Any relation?

I'm on megace (megestrol). Lately i noticed I have pain in the back of my neck. Any relation?

Probably not.: Pain in the back of the neck is usually musculoskeletal (due to a strain of muscles, tendons, or ligaments) and there would be no reason for Megace (megestrol) to cause that. ...Read more

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How long does it take for Megace to get out of my system and for me to start back losing weight will I go back to my normal weight size I hope?

How long does it take for Megace to get out of my system and for me to start back losing weight will I go back to my normal weight size I hope?

Dobtful its Megace!: Megace does cause some weight gain but it is not very common. So lets not blame it entirely on megace...it gets out of your body in 2-3 days. If you are serious about losing weight, begin to cut down on your daily calories by cutting down quantity of food and avoid rich, oily or fried foods. Shift to plant based foods , taking veggies and fruits to fill half of you food plate at each mealtime. ...Read more

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My dad wants to gain weight but he can't he's tried a medicine called megace (megestrol) and it hasn't worked yet. He just wants to gain 10 pounds.

My dad wants to gain weight but he can't he's tried a medicine called megace (megestrol) and it hasn't worked yet. He just wants to gain 10 pounds.

Weight gain: More information is needed. Does your dad have any illness that could be causing weight loss? Hopefully his doctor prescribed the megace (megestrol). It may take a while for this medicine to increase the appetite. He needs to discuss the dose of med with his doctor. It may need to be adjusted. Also he may need some food supplements to increase the calorie intake. These should be discussed with the doctor. ...Read more

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Can megace (megestrol) cause myasthenia gravis?

Can megace (megestrol) cause myasthenia gravis?

Not likely: No evidence to suggest a connection in the literature. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Megace (megestrol) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Megace (megestrol) allergy?

Intolerance: An allergy means zero tolerance for a medication. it usually shows as hives, skin rash often associated with itching. One must avoid using such a medicine again. This applies to any and all drugs including Megace. ...Read more

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How long will it take to get your period after stopping megace (megestrol)?

How long will it take to get your period after stopping megace (megestrol)?

Usually after: Usually one starts their period after stopping Progesterone. Since you are 50 you mayor may not have a period depending on if you have started perimenopause or menopause ...Read more

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Can you tell me about side effects or symptoms with megace or megestrol acetate ?

Can you tell me about side effects or symptoms with megace or megestrol acetate ?

Many side effects.: Body as a Whole: abdominal pain, chest pain, infection, thrush and sarcoma
Cardiovascular System: cardiomyopathy and palpitation
Digestive System: constipation, dry mouth, hepatomegaly, increased salivation and oral thrush
Blood: leukopenia
Metabolic and Nutritional: LDH increased, edema and peripheral edema
Nervous System: paresthesia, confusion, convulsion, depression
More. Many side effects ...Read more

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Hi, i am on megace 160mg for 6 months already and the last d&c showed that the med is working. However, i have experienced heavy bleeding and sometime?

Hi, i am on megace 160mg for 6 months already and the last d&c showed that the med is working. However, i have experienced heavy bleeding and sometime?

Obgyn follow up: Your question was incomplete. You will need to schedule follow up with your surgeon to clarify what was meant by the medication not working. Repeat D and Cs are not typically the way to manage heavy periods. There are many options besides 6 months of Progesterone pills ...Read more

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Can endometrial cancer be treated with megace (megestrol)?

Can endometrial cancer be treated with megace (megestrol)?

Yes: Hormonal therapy (including megace (megestrol), (megestrol) tamoxifen) can be used in the treatment of certain endometrial cancers which have recurred or spread to other sites. Patients with tumors positive for the Progesterone receptor especially may respond to megace (megestrol). ...Read more

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Is it possible to have endometrial cancer treated with megace (megestrol)?

Is it possible to have endometrial cancer treated with megace (megestrol)?

Endometrial cancer: Yes, occasionally women with endometrial cancer are treated by Progesterone such as megace (megestrol). This usually occurs because someone is too sick to operate on or someone is trying to preserve fertility. ...Read more

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My doc gave megace (megestrol) to treat endo cancer it makes gain lbs i have IUD also.i dont need or want to gain weight.can i take medicine to help lose lbs?

Discuss with doctor.: MEGACE (megestrol) is indicated for the treatment of anorexia, cachexia, or an unexplained, significant weight loss in patients. Discuss with your doctor and make sure you are on the same page with the goals of care. ...Read more

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I started taking megestrol (megace), a hormone medicine. Could that be the reason why I missed my period?

I started taking megestrol (megace), a hormone medicine. Could that be the reason why I missed my period?

Megestrol: If that was prescribed by your doctor please let her/him know what is happening.
If there was not a doctor involved please stop megace (megestrol) and see your doctor. ...Read more

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I started taking megestrol (megace ) a hormone medicine could that be the reason why I missed my period ?

I started taking megestrol (megace ) a hormone medicine could that be the reason why I missed my period ?

Yes: Megace (megestrol) is a synthetic progestin that if taken on a daily basis can suppress menstrual bleeding. Continuous progestin medications tend to act like a chemical D&C which keeps the lining of the uterus thin. If there is no lining to eliminate, there is no menstrual bleeding. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Megace (Definition)

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