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Megestrol Description

Megestrol Description

Generic Name : MEGESTROL

Pronunciation : (me jess' trole)

Trade Name(s) : Farlutal, Progestin

Why it is prescribed: Your doctor has ordered the drug megestrol to help your illness. In addition to megestrol, your doctor may have ordered other cancer-fighting drugs; this treatment is called combination therapy. Your doctor may measure the effectiveness of your treatment using laboratory tests and physical examinations. In general, the length of treatment depends on the types of drugs you are taking, how well your body responds to them, and the type of cancer you have.

When it is to be taken: The drug comes in the tablet form. Megestrol is similar to the hormone progesterone, which occurs normally in the body. It is not known how to drug prevents cancer cell growth.

How it should be taken: The purpose of chemotherapy is to control your illness so that your own body can aid in your recovery. It is important to build up your body's defense system, and a balanced diet is needed to build a healthy body. Ask your doctor for advice on your diet.

Special Instruction :
1.Since high-salt diets can increase the swelling of the feet or ankles, do not eat foods with a lot of salt, such as potato chips, and do not add salt to food.
2. Tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking.

Side Effects :
1.Although not everyone experiences side effects during chemotherapy, some people do. The most common side effects are weight gain and swelling of the feet, ankles, and lower legs.
2. If your ankles or feet swell, let your doctor know.
3. If you notice any of the following symptoms, tell your doctor as soon as possible: leg pain, breathing discomfort, and unusual bleeding or bruising.

Other Precautions :
1. You should not assume that you cannot get pregnant or get someone else pregnant just because you are on chemotherapy.
2. You should not plan to have children while receiving chemotherapy or for a while after treatments.
3. Use a reliable method of birth control to prevent pregnancy.

Storage Conditions : Keep this drug in a safe place, away from direct sunlight.

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