Does megestrol work for weight gain?

Megestrol is sometimes prescribed for people who have serious weight loss and loss of appetite because of AIDS, cancer and other chronic conditions. Megestrol increases appetite and leads to weight gain. Among patients with AIDS, taking megestrol for 12 weeks can lead to weight gain of about 10 percent over the starting weight. By gaining weight, these patients reportedly had a better sense of well-being.

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