Megestrol is an oral prescription tablet used in female dogs to help alleviate false pregnancies and help regulate female heat cycles. Megestrol is a synthetic chemical similar to the female hormone progesterone. It comes in a tablet form, so you can easily hide it in a pill pocket or crush and disguise it in your dog's favorite wet food. Customers may receive this drug under the names Ovaban, Megace.
The drug is used in female dogs for the alleviation of false pregnancy and for the postponement of estrus.
Possible Side Effects
Weight gain is a frequent side effect of megestrol and is often due to increased appetite and is not necessarily associated with fluid retention. Other possible side effects may also occur including 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.
Drug & Food Interactions
Dogs with a history of hypersensitivity to megestrol acetate or any component of the formulation should get approval by their veterinarian before taking this medication.
Megestrol should not be given to dogs prior to or during their first estrus cycle, or to pregnant dogs. Megestrol is for use in dogs only. Do not give to cats. Allow pet to drink plenty of water while taking Megestrol.
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