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Megaplex

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Megaplex uses


Indications and Usage

Megaplex acetate is indicated for the palliative treatment of advanced carcinoma of the breast or endometrium (i.e., recurrent, inoperable, or metastatic disease). It should not be used in lieu of currently accepted procedures such as surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.

Contraindications

History of hypersensitivity to Megaplex acetate or any component of the formulation.

Warnings

Megaplex acetate may cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Fertility and reproduction studies with high doses of Megaplex acetate have shown a reversible feminizing effect on some male rat fetuses. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking (receiving) this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus. Women of childbearing potential should be advised to avoid becoming pregnant.

The use of Megaplex in other types of neoplastic disease is not recommended.

The glucocorticoid activity of Megaplex acetate tablets has not been fully evaluated. Clinical cases of new onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of pre-existing diabetes mellitus, and overt Cushing’s syndrome have been reported in association with the chronic use of Megaplex. In addition, clinical cases of adrenal insufficiency have been observed in patients receiving or being withdrawn from chronic Megaplex therapy in the stressed and non-stressed state. Furthermore, adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) stimulation testing has revealed the frequent occurrence of asymptomatic pituitary-adrenal suppression in patients treated with chronic Megaplex therapy. Therefore, the possibility of adrenal insufficiency should be considered in any patient receiving or being withdrawn from chronic Megaplex therapy who presents with symptoms and/or signs suggestive of hypoadrenalism (e.g., hypotension, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or weakness) in either the stressed or non-stressed state. Laboratory evaluation for adrenal insufficiency and consideration of replacement or stress doses of a rapidly acting glucocorticoid are strongly recommended in such patients. Failure to recognize inhibition of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis may result in death. Finally, in patients who are receiving or being withdrawn from chronic Megaplex therapy, consideration should be given to the use of empiric therapy with stress doses of a rapidly acting glucocorticoid in conditions of stress or serious intercurrent illness (eg., surgery, infection).

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Precautions

General

Close surveillance is indicated for any patient treated for recurrent or metastatic cancer. Use with caution in patients with a history of thromboembolic disease.

Use in Diabetics

Exacerbation of pre-existing diabetes with increased insulin requirements has been reported in association with the use of Megaplex acetate.

Information for the Patients

Patients using Megaplex acetate should receive the following instructions:

  • This medication is to be used as directed by the physician.
  • Report any adverse reaction experiences while taking this medication.

Laboratory Tests

Breast malignancies in which estrogen and/or progesterone receptors are positive are more likely to respond to Megaplex.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, and Impairment of Fertility

Administration of Megaplex acetate to female dogs for up to 7 years is associated with an increased incidence of both benign and malignant tumors of the breast. Comparable studies in rats and studies in monkeys are not associated with an increased incidence of tumors. The relationship of the dog tumors to humans is unknown but should be considered in assessing the benefit-to-risk ratio when prescribing Megaplex acetate and in surveillance of patients on therapy.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category D

Nursing Mothers

Because of the potential for adverse effects on the newborn, nursing should be discontinued if Megaplex is required for treatment of cancer.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.

Geriatric Use

Insufficient data from clinical studies of Megaplex acetate tablets are available for patients 65 years of age and older to determine whether they respond differently than younger patients. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between elderly and younger patients. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.

Megaplex acetate is known to be substantially excreted by the kidney, and the risk of toxic reactions to this drug may be greater in patients with impaired renal function. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be taken in dose selection, and it may be useful to monitor renal function.

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Adverse Reactions

Weight Gain

Weight gain is a frequent side effect of Megaplex. This gain has been associated with increased appetite and is not necessarily associated with fluid retention.

Thromboembolic Phenomena

Thromboembolic phenomena including thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism have been reported.

Glucocorticoid Effects

Other Adverse Reactions

Heart failure, nausea and vomiting, edema, breakthrough menstrual bleeding, dyspnea, tumor flare (with or without hypercalcemia), hyperglycemia, glucose intolerance, alopecia, hypertension, carpal tunnel syndrome, mood changes, hot flashes, malaise, asthenia, lethargy, sweating and rash.

Overdosage

No serious unexpected side effects have resulted from studies involving Megaplex acetate administered in dosages as high as 1600 mg/day. Oral administration of large, single doses of Megaplex acetate (5 g/kg) did not produce toxic effects in mice. Megaplex acetate has not been tested for dialyzability; however, due to its low solubility it is postulated that this would not be an effective means of treating overdose.

Dosage and Administration

Breast Cancer: 160 mg/day (40 mg q.i.d.).

Endometrial Carcinoma: 40 mg/day to 320 mg/day in divided doses.

At least 2 months of continuous treatment is considered an adequate period for determining the efficacy of Megaplex acetate.

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How Supplied

Megaplex Acetate Tablets USP

20 mg tablets are supplied as a white, flat faced, round tablet; scored on one side and product identification “54 763” debossed on the other side.

NDC 0054-8603-25: 10x10 Unit-Dose Tablets

NDC 0054-4603-25: Bottle of 100 Tablets

40 mg tablets are supplied as a white, flat faced, round tablet; scored on one side and product identification “54 352” debossed on the other side.

NDC 0054-8604-25: 10x10 Unit-Dose Tablets

NDC 0054-4604-25: Bottle of 100 Tablets

Dispense in a tight, child-resistant container as defined in the USP/NF.

STORAGE

Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F).

Protect from temperatures above 40°C (104°F).

SPECIAL HANDLING

Health Hazard Data

There is no threshold limit value established by OSHA, NIOSH, or ACGIH.

Exposure or “overdose” at levels approaching recommended dosing levels could result in side effects described above. Women at risk of pregnancy should avoid such exposure.

Distr. by: West-Ward

Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Eatontown, NJ 07724

4056065//07

Revised May 2016

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Megaplex pharmaceutical active ingredients containing related brand and generic drugs:

infoActive ingredient is the part of the drug or medicine which is biologically active. This portion of the drug is responsible for the main action of the drug which is intended to cure or reduce the symptom or disease. The other portions of the drug which are inactive are called excipients; there role is to act as vehicle or binder. In contrast to active ingredient, the inactive ingredient's role is not significant in the cure or treatment of the disease. There can be one or more active ingredients in a drug.


Megaplex available forms, composition, doses:

infoForm of the medicine is the form in which the medicine is marketed in the market, for example, a medicine X can be in the form of capsule or the form of chewable tablet or the form of tablet. Sometimes same medicine can be available as injection form. Each medicine cannot be in all forms but can be marketed in 1, 2, or 3 forms which the pharmaceutical company decided based on various background research results.
Composition is the list of ingredients which combinedly form a medicine. Both active ingredients and inactive ingredients form the composition. The active ingredient gives the desired therapeutic effect whereas the inactive ingredient helps in making the medicine stable.
Doses are various strengths of the medicine like 10mg, 20mg, 30mg and so on. Each medicine comes in various doses which is decided by the manufacturer, that is, pharmaceutical company. The dose is decided on the severity of the symptom or disease.


Megaplex destination | category:

infoDestination is defined as the organism to which the drug or medicine is targeted. For most of the drugs what we discuss, human is the drug destination.
Drug category can be defined as major classification of the drug. For example, an antihistaminic or an antipyretic or anti anginal or pain killer, anti-inflammatory or so.


Megaplex Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical codes:

infoA medicine is classified depending on the organ or system it acts [Anatomical], based on what result it gives on what disease, symptom [Therapeutical], based on chemical composition [Chemical]. It is called as ATC code. The code is based on Active ingredients of the medicine. A medicine can have different codes as sometimes it acts on different organs for different indications. Same way, different brands with same active ingredients and same indications can have same ATC code.


Megaplex pharmaceutical companies:

infoPharmaceutical companies are drug manufacturing companies that help in complete development of the drug from the background research to formation, clinical trials, release of the drug into the market and marketing of the drug.
Researchers are the persons who are responsible for the scientific research and is responsible for all the background clinical trials that resulted in the development of the drug.


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References

  1. Dailymed."MEGESTROL ACETATE TABLET [WEST-WARD PHARMACEUTICALS CORP.]". https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailym... (accessed August 28, 2018).
  2. Dailymed."MEGESTROL ACETATE: DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. DailyMed is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts).". https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailym... (accessed August 28, 2018).
  3. "MEGESTROL ACETATE". https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/co... (accessed August 28, 2018).

Frequently asked Questions

Can i drive or operate heavy machine after consuming Megaplex?

Depending on the reaction of the Megaplex after taken, if you are feeling dizziness, drowsiness or any weakness as a reaction on your body, Then consider Megaplex not safe to drive or operate heavy machine after consumption. Meaning that, do not drive or operate heavy duty machines after taking the capsule if the capsule has a strange reaction on your body like dizziness, drowsiness. As prescribed by a pharmacist, it is dangerous to take alcohol while taking medicines as it exposed patients to drowsiness and health risk. Please take note of such effect most especially when taking Primosa capsule. It's advisable to consult your doctor on time for a proper recommendation and medical consultations.

Is Megaplex addictive or habit forming?

Medicines are not designed with the mind of creating an addiction or abuse on the health of the users. Addictive Medicine is categorically called Controlled substances by the government. For instance, Schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US are controlled substances.

Please consult the medicine instruction manual on how to use and ensure it is not a controlled substance.In conclusion, self medication is a killer to your health. Consult your doctor for a proper prescription, recommendation, and guidiance.

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Review

sDrugs.com conducted a study on Megaplex, and the result of the survey is set out below. It is noteworthy that the product of the survey is based on the perception and impressions of the visitors of the website as well as the views of Megaplex consumers. We, as a result of this, advice that you do not base your therapeutic or medical decisions on this result, but rather consult your certified medical experts for their recommendations.

Visitor reports

One visitor reported useful

How is the drug Megaplex useful in reducing or relieving the symptoms? How useful is it?
According to the survey conducted by the website sDrugs.com, there are variable results and below are the percentages of the users that say the medicine is useful to them and that say it is not helping them much. It is not ideal to continue taking the medication if you feel it is not helping you much. Contact your healthcare provider to check if there is a need to change the medicine or if there is a need to re-evaluate your condition. The usefulness of the medicine may vary from patient to patient, depending on the other diseases he is suffering from and slightly depends on the brand name.
Visitors%
Useful1
100.0%

Two visitors reported doses

What is the dose of Megaplex drug you are taking?
According to the survey conducted among sDrugs.com website users, the maximum number of people are using the following dose 11-50mg. Few medications come in only one or two doses. Few are specific for adult dose and child dose. The dose of the medicine given to the patient depends on the severity of the symptom/disease. There can be dose adjustments made by the doctor, based on the progression of the disease. Follow-up is important.
Visitors%
11-50mg1
50.0%
101-200mg1
50.0%

One visitor reported time for results

What is the time duration Megaplex drug must be taken for it to be effective or for it to reduce the symptoms?
Most chronic conditions need at least some time so the dose and the drug action gets adjusted to the body to get the desired effect. The stastistics say sDrugs.com website users needed 1 month to notice the result from using Megaplex drug. The time needed to show improvement in health condition after using the medicine Megaplex need not be same for all the users. It varies based on other factors.
Visitors%
1 month1
100.0%

Two visitors reported administration

The drugs are administered in various routes, like oral or injection form. They are administered before food or after food. How are you taking Megaplex drug, before food or after food?
Click here to find out how other users of our website are taking it. For any doubts or queries on how and when the medicine is administered, contact your health care provider immediately.
Visitors%
After food1
50.0%
Before food1
50.0%

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