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From: Steve Austin
Date: 2001-06-16 14:02:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] MEGACE

Megace is a human medicine, it is a progestin, and used initially
to treat advanced breast or endometrial cancer. It had a side effect
of stimulating the appetite, so it is used for AIDS patients that go
a wasting stage to help keep weight on them. I use it in pediatric AIDS
clinic with mixed results. The side effects in humans: GI upset,
breakthrouh bleeding, hypertension, hyperglycemia.
I haven't really seen any side effects at the doses we were using.
It wouldn't do anything for the adrenal tumor itself, and i am not
sure it is used in animals or not.

Did you try Lupron yet? That would be the first option, then maybe


On Fri, 15 Jun 2001 20:44:17 -0600 "M D" <brontygirl@h...> writes:
> I had recently gotten some information about Megace in connection
> with an
> adrenal gland problem with our ferret. Our ferret has had the left
> gland
> removed, but is again displaying signs of adrenal disease. The
> research I've
> done relating to ferrets has only had information on appetite
> stimulation,
> nothing about Adrenal gland disease. On the internet in general
> there is
> practically nothing ferret-related at all. Is Megace safe?
> Should it be used on ferrets, and how much? Where can it be
> obtained? Are
> there any side effects? We really don't want to put her through
> surgery
> again, and we are looking for any possible alternatives - Thank You
> for
> whatever help you can give.
> Thank You
> Maureen
> Brontygirl@h...
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