Megestrol contains the steroid hormone progestogen. It is used to treat breast cancer and endometrial cancer, and sometimes other conditions.
Take megestrol regularly as directed with a glass of water.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Symptoms of a blood clot including: sudden shortness of breath, swelling or pain in one leg
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Short of breath
Tiredness or weakness
Hot flushing, sweating
Hair loss or thinning
Numb or tingling fingers
Weight gain, swollen feet or legs
Less interest in sex, impotence, unexpected vaginal bleeding
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. September 2020
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