Husband is having hormone shots for prostate cancer. He is now getting pretty regular hot flashes day and night.
Off label use it treats hot flashes.
"Off-Label Megace Uses
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this drug for something other than the officially approved uses. This is called an "off-label" use. Some off-label uses for Megace may include the treatment of:
Cancer-related loss of appetite
Malnutrition or weight loss in people who do not have AIDS
Hot flashes in men with prostate cancer."
"Off-label is when a prescription medicine is used to treat a disease or condition for which the drug has not been approved by the FDA. Although the FDA regulates how a medication can be advertised or promoted by the manufacturer, these regulations do not restrict a doctor's ability to prescribe the medication for different conditions, in different doses, or for different lengths of time. The practice of prescribing medications for periods of time or for conditions not FDA-approved is known as "off-label" use. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a medicine for off-label use when he or she feels that the medicine is appropriate for your situation.
While off-label uses are very common, you should feel comfortable about asking your doctor if he or she is using a medication or combination of medications in a manner that is not approved by the FDA."
- Megace Information for Consumers
- Megace Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Megace (detailed)
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