- 0Dec 5, '12 by moorebluejacketHave you administered Megace suspension to increase weight and appetite? If so, how did your patient's appetite and weight increase?
- 0Dec 5, '12 by Testa Rosa, RNIt was ordered a lot for my Oncology pts. It was pleasant tasting and well tolerated from a group known to be nauseous but your mileage may vary. It also was often ordered in tandem with Marinol.
The trick was to give it prior to meals as it stimulates appetite. Where I work this was extremely was hard to do with a 9AM med pass (and everyone on my group having a huge list of meds), Insulin Coverage, Patients being taken off floor for procedures, AM assessments and the customer service spiel we are required to give.
For some reason it was also hard for pharmacy to keep it stocked so I often had to run downstairs to get it. This one MD would be upset when she found out the pt didn't get their Megace prior to breakfast. So I learned to spot it along with the 8am insulin coverage, antibx and thyroid meds and did a 7:30 am med pass on just those meds.
- 0Dec 5, '12 by NRSKarenRN AdminIn my home care experience, Megace ES stimulates appetite slowly over several weeks with about 5-10lb gain about 3 month interval.
Megace® ES: megestrol acetate 625mg/5mL oral suspension
Megestrol acetate in cachexia and anorexia
- 0Dec 12, '12 by akita_mommyIt worked to the EXTREME on one of my residents. She went from only eating approx. 25% meals before rx to now shoveling all of her meals in her mouth in around 3 minutes then go back in her room and BEG for more food. She was literally choking everytime she ate bc she was shoveling it down so fast. Needless to say, dose was cut down to 10 cc and she has improved.
Other residents, the med really didn't make much of a difference.