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Megace Review Article

 

Megace (generic name megestrolum) is indicated to treat loss of appetite and weight loss that is a result from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Megace is also indicated to treat advanced breast cancer and endometrial cancer. Megace may also be used for other purposes not mentioned here. Important key words: megace es, megace mg, megestrol drug.

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Megace is basically a manufactured chemical medicine indicated for the treatment of weight loss and loss of appetite, resulting from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). This medicine is also used as an alternate for the female hormone progesterone. Besides, it is also prescribed for advanced breast cancer and endometrial cancer along with other purposes.


Information

Available under the brand name Megace mg and Megestrol drug, it is manufactured by Bristol Mayers Squibb. Megestrolum is the generic name of Megace and it is sold as a bottle 240 ml suspension . Megace is also known by the name of Megestrol Acetate, Megestin, Megestat, Niagestin and Prazoken, in some countries.


Cautions

Megace falls under the FDA pregnancy category X, therefore making it unsuitable for someone who is pregnant. It might harm the unborn baby and might lead to abnormal development of the sexual organs. Although no studies have proved that Megace passes into the breast milk, but nursing mothers should consult their doctors before taking this drug.

The diabetic patients and someone with a history of blood clots should also consult their doctor prior to taking Megace for any adjustment in the dosage.


Dosage

As the dosage of Megace might vary from person to person, therefore, it should be taken after consulting a doctor only and one may seek advice of health care professional for any confusion. Megace dose should be taken with a full glass of water. The Megace suspension should be shaken well before measuring the quantity to be consumed to ensure that the dosage is accurate.

It is recommended to use correct measuring spoon or cup provided by the pharmacist and ensure that the dose is not missed. In case one misses any dose of Megace, then it should be taken immediately after you remember. However, one might skip the missed dosage if it is the time of next dose to avoid double dosage of medication.

Overdose of Megace is not life threatening and till now no sufficient data have been provided to quantify the overdose. However, you may seek medical attention if you suspect any overdose and call an emergency room or poison control centre for instruction.


Side Effects

Just like any other drug, Megace might involve certain side effects. Some of the side effects associated with Megace are allergic reactions, numbness, changes in vision, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, menstrual bleeding, decreased sex drive and headache. In case you feel unusual or experience severe side effects, then it is advised to consult a doctor on immediate basis.


Interaction

Reactions might occur if some drugs are administered along with other drugs. Before consuming Megace, you should inform your doctor if you are taking other drugs including:

• Glyburide such as Diabeta, Micronase, and Glynase
• Glipizide such as Glucotrol
• Tolazamide such as Tolinase
• Chlorpropamide such as Diabinese
• Tolbutamide such as Orinase

Besides, there might be certain drugs that might hamper the effect of Megace drug. Therefore, it is recommended that you consult your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines.


Megace notes:

MEGACE is a chemical medicine used in the treatment of weight loss and appetite loss during Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, breast and endometrial cancers and also as progesterone alternative in females. It should be taken care that this Megace mg or Megestrol drug should not be given to a patient who is pregnant, as it can cause harm to the baby to be born. The diabetic patients should inform the doctor for any adjustment in Megace dosage.

Allergic reactions, Nausea, Headache, Vomiting, Numbness, Menstrual bleeding, Changes in vision and Insomnia are some of the expected side effects to which the patient should be aware. It is marketed as 160 mg containing 100 or 30 tablets containing packages. Though overdoes do not have a fear of death but it should be avoided and it should be taken care not to miss any dose too. This drug can be called as Megace ES or megestrol acetate. Megestrolum is the generic name.

In pregnant woman the dosage of megace should be take after the consultation from doctor. The intake of this drug may harm the mother’s milk or the infant indirectly. The cautions should be taken prior taking these drugs. If you have any history related to blood clotting or diabetes then informs your physician prior taking this medication.

The dosage of megace required to be accustomed, in case you are the victim of any of the above mentioned diseases. Follow the instructions given by the doctor on the usage of megace. You can ask some health care professionals like your nurse or pharmacist for things which you don’t understand. Megace does not have bad side effects like other drugs have on their health. Some of its side effects are bad but most of them are very mild. So you can take them without any worries.


Anti-Aging News:

Obesity has direct link to duration and frequencies of hospital stay – says sociologists

Sociologists from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., have found a direct relationship between obesity and duration of hospital stays. The reason being that obese person are more prone to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other illness which complicates care or surgery and it is also harder to use traditional clinical health assessments and measurements.

In the study, the sociologists studied the relationship between obesity and hospitalizations by using 20 years of hospital records of 4,574 people of 25 to 77 years of age who experienced a total of 12,380 hospitalizations. It was found that the obese people on an average stay at least one to one and a half days longer than a normal weight individual due to diseases associated with obesity. It was also found that 46 percent of obese people had high blood pressure problems. As obesity is considered a disease, it was seen that more is the obesity length i.e longer a person lives with a disease, more was the hospital stay duration. The people who were obese in their childhood and continue to be obese were found to suffer most and stay longer in hospital.

The surprise finding with long term obesity was that the length of stay was related to the length of the last stay and hospitalization was not enough to slow down the problems as the problems continued from one hospitalization to the next as reflected by a continuation of longer stays.


 

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