Should we use appetite stimulants for malnourished elderly patients?
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Only 1 appetite stimulate, megestrol acetate oral suspension (Megace) at 400 mg or 800 mg daily, has been studied in this population. The data show only limited benefit, mixed outcomes, and potential harm (strength of recommendation: B, based on small, randomized, controlled trials).
Journal of Family Practice, 56(9) 2007: 761-762.