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In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Megestrol (megestrol systemic) is a member of the following drug classes: hormones/antineoplastics, progestins and is used to treat Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, AIDS Related Wasting, Anorexia, Breast Cancer - Palliative, Cachexia, Endometrial Cancer, Endometrial Hyperplasia, Hot Flashes and Weight Loss.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories


Antineoplastic agent

Hormonal contraceptive for systemic use

Chemical Name

Pregna-4,6-diene-3,20-dione, 17-hydroxy-6-metyl-

Foreign Names

  • Megestrolum (Latin)
  • Megestrol (German)
  • Mégestrol (French)
  • Megestrol (Spanish)

Generic Names

Brand Names

  • Aike
    Nhwa Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, China
  • Megace
    Andersonbrecon, Serbia; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lebanon; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Tunisia; Sword Laboratories, Serbia
  • Megestrol
    Perulab, Peru
  • Megestrol PharmaSwisse
    PharmaSwiss, Lithuania
  • Megex-I
    Dropesac, Peru
  • Megoxi
    PharmaSwiss, Serbia; Polfarmex, Bosnia & Herzegowina
  • Megyrina 40 mg/ml
    Vipharm, Hungary
  • O'Tentika
    Vipharm, Serbia
  • Varigestrol
    Varifarma, Argentina
  • Ai Nuo Ke
    Xi'an Detian Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, China
  • AiKe
    Nhwa Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, China
  • Alopectyl [veterinary use]
    Vetoquinol, Netherlands
  • Apetrol ES
    LG Life Sciences, South Korea
  • Apo-Megestrol
    Apotex, Hong Kong; Apotex, New Zealand; Apotex, Singapore
  • Borea
    Meda Pharma Sau, Spain; Onko-Koçsel, Turkey; Rottapharm, Lithuania
  • Cachexan
    Polfarmex, Poland
  • Canipil [veterinary use]
    Auvex, France
  • Chronopil [veterinary use]
    Ceva Sante Animale, Netherlands
  • De Poezepil [veterinary use]
    A.S.T. farma B.V, Netherlands
  • Dogalact [+ Danazol] [veterinary use]
    Vetoquinol, France
  • Eczederm [veterinary use]
    A.S.T. farma B.V, Netherlands
  • Estropill [veterinary use]
    Intervet, Italy
  • Felipil [veterinary use]
    Auvex, France
  • Femigestrol
    Bergamo, Brazil
  • Gestrol
    Lek-AM, Poland
  • Gynodal
    Baxter, Brazil
  • Jiadi
    Pharmachemie, China
  • Man Ting
    Watson, China
  • Maygace
    Swedish Orphan, Spain
  • Medestrol
    Pharmedic, Pakistan
  • Megace
    Aspen, New Zealand; Aspen Pharmacare, Australia; Bristol-Myers Squibb, China; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hong Kong; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Italy; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kuwait; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lithuania; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Mexico; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Thailand; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Taiwan; Deva, Egypt; Deva, Turkey; GlaxoSmithKline, Egypt; Lex ano, Lithuania; PharmaSwiss, Czech Republic; PharmaSwiss, Greece; PharmaSwiss, Croatia (Hrvatska); PharmaSwiss, Hungary; PharmaSwiss, Lithuania; PharmaSwiss, Norway; PharmaSwiss, Poland; PharmaSwiss, Portugal; PharmaSwiss Česká republika, Belgium; SOBI, Sweden; Swedish Orphan Biovitrum, France; Swedish Orphan Biovitrum, United Kingdom; Swedish Orphan Biovitrum Ltd., Ireland
  • Megace 160mg
    PharmaSwiss, Luxembourg
  • Megace ES
    Endo, United States
  • Megalia
    Vipharm, Poland
  • Megaplex
    Combiphar/Pharmachemie, Indonesia; Pharmachemie, Philippines; Pharmachemie, Taiwan; Pharmachemie/Teva, Thailand; Teva, Czech Republic
  • Megase
    Bristol-Myers Squibb, Venezuela
  • Megastril
    Hasco-Lek, Poland
  • Megastrol
    Libra, Paraguay
  • Megecat [veterinary use]
    Vetoquinol, Belgium; Vetoquinol, Switzerland; Vetoquinol, France
  • Megefren
    Teva, Spain
  • Megejohn
    Johnson, Taiwan
  • Megepil Chat [veterinary use]
    Omega Pharma France vet., France
  • Megerol
    Hanmi, South Korea
  • Megesin
    Actavis, Hong Kong; Actavis, Romania; Actavis, Slovakia
  • Megesin 160 mg
    Actavis, Hungary
  • Megestat
    Bristol-Myers Squibb, Brazil; Sobi - Swedish Orphan Biovitrum, Germany
  • Megestil
    Sanital, Pakistan; Teofarma, Italy
  • Megestoral [veterinary use]
    A.S.T. farma B.V, Netherlands
  • Megestrol AA Pharma
    AA Pharma, Canada
  • Megestrol Acetate
    Barr, United States; Hi-Tech, United States; Par Pharmaceutical, United States; Teva, United States; TWi, United States; West-Ward, United States; Wockhardt, United States
  • Megestrol Gador
    Gador, Uruguay
  • Megestrol Generis
    Generis, Portugal
  • Megestrol Servycal
    Servycal, Uruguay
  • Megestrolo PH&T
    Hospira Italia, Italy
  • Megostat
    PharmaSwiss, Croatia (Hrvatska)
  • Megoxi
    PharmaSwiss, Croatia (Hrvatska)
  • Mekei
    Panbiotic, Taiwan
  • Mestrel
    Teva, Mexico
  • Mestrol
    Synmosa, Taiwan
  • Mi Tuo Suo
    Wanlian Pharmaceutical, China
  • Ovaban [veterinary use]
    Intervet, United States
  • Ovarid [veterinary use]
    Virbac France, United Kingdom; Virbac S.A., Ireland
  • Ovarid 20mg for Dogs and Cats [veterinary use]
    Jurox, Australia
  • Ovarid 5mg for Dogs and Cats [veterinary use]
    Jurox, Australia
  • Stromeg
    Doppel, Georgia
  • Suppress [veterinary use]
    Jurox, New Zealand
  • Tracetate
    Fahrenheit, Indonesia
  • Yi Li Zhi
    Gerui Pharmaceutical, China


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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