Megace ES is a medication that comes as a liquid and is taken once daily to help stimulate appetite and cause weight gain in people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Side effects may include headaches, diarrhea, and a rash. Make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have a history of a blood clot or stroke before taking Megace ES.
What Is Megace ES?Megace® ES (megestrol ES) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of loss of appetite, malnutrition, and unexplained, significant weight loss in people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). It is a synthetic (laboratory-made) derivative of the naturally occurring hormone progesterone.
Megace ES is an extra-strength form of the medication Megace® (megestrol) oral suspension. This means Megace ES contains more of the active ingredient megestrol acetate per mL than Megace oral suspension. As a result, lower doses of Megace ES can be given to produce the same effects.
Megace also comes in a tablet form. The tablet form of Megace is approved to relieve the symptoms of advanced breast and endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus). Brand-name Megace tablets have been discontinued by the manufacturer and are no longer available in the United States. However, they are still available in generic form.