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Progestin Megace® Cancer-related

Megestrol - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Megestrol cause?

Megestrol is usually well tolerated and serious side effects are rare.

  • Weight gain, due to increased appetite
  • Nausea may occur inititally
    If this happens, take your tablets after food.

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of a blood clot e.g. warmth, pain, redness and discoloration on arm or leg
  • Swelling of hands, feet or lower legs which causes discomfort
  • Sudden onset of cough, chest pain or shortness of breath
  • For women: Unexpected bleeding or discharge from the vagina

Before taking Megestrol , what precautions must I follow?

  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any other medical conditions e.g. history of blood clots, diabetes.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding: Megestrol should not be taken at the same time.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Megestrol ?

Megestrol - Additional Information

  • Updated on 3/11/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore
The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth


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