Megestrol or megestrol acetate is a synthetic man-made chemical compound which has similar properties to that of female hormone progesterone. This compound is used to treat
sudden loss of appetite and weight loss in individuals who are suffering from acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This compound is also termed as 17α-acetoxy-6-dehydro-6-methylprogesterone, and apart from being an appetite stimulant, it is mainly used as an antineoplastic agent in the treatment of breast and endometrial cancer. Health care practitioners prescribe megestrol tablets to alleviate the symptoms and lessen the suffering and pain caused by advanced stage breast cancer and advanced endometrial cancer which is a type of cancer that progresses in the lining of the uterus. Megesterol must never be used for the purpose of preventing loss of appetite and extreme weight loss in patients who have not yet acquired this condition. This compound is said to treat endometrial and breast cancer by having an impact on the female hormones that are actively involved in the cancer growth. Also, it escalates the weight by increasing the appetite.
As per an extensive research on the megestrol market, at a much lower composition, megestrol is used as a contraceptive in combination with an estrogen. Furthermore, besides being used for human use this chemical compound is also used widely in veterinary medicine, especially in the treatment of many medical conditions in dogs and cats. Megestrol has its set of potential side effects and can have contraindications. For instance, this compound is never had by a pregnant woman, since it possess the ability to cross the placenta and malignantly affects the uterus. This compound is strictly given under doctor’s prescription. An individual must not use megestrol if he or she is allergic to it. In order to make sure if megestrol would be safe for consumption, a person must tell the health care provider that if at all he has – diabetes, a medical history of blood clot or stroke, or an adrenal gland disorder. Pregnant women must definitely not consume megestrol, since it can harm an unborn baby and/or cause permanent birth defects.