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An orexigenic or appetite stimulant is a medication which increases appetite and therefore enhances food consumption. Usually appetite enhancement is considered an undesirable side effect of certain drugs as it leads to weight gain but sometimes it can be beneficial and occasionally a drug may be prescribed solely for this purpose.

Examples of drugs with orexigenic effects include the following:

Megestrol acetate has also been shown to have appetite-stimulating effects and is often used for this purpose.

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