FLUDROCORTISONE

21 Aug 2019

Generic Name : FLUDROCORTISONE

ABSTRACT –

Fludrocortisone, classified as a steroid, is used to treat conditions such as Addison’s disease as well as salt-losing adrenogenital syndrome, wherein the body does not produce natural steroids. Fludrocortisone works by lowering the level of substance-releases that are responsible for inflammations within the body. This drug is classified as a mineralocorticoid.

DOSAGE –

  • Fludrocortisone is to be taken as directed by the doctors. Consume this drug only as prescribed to avoid overdose or other harmful effects.
  • This drug should not be stopped suddenly, so as to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
  • General Adult Dosage available:
  • Oral – 0.mg, 0.2mg (once per day)

SIDE EFFECTS –

  • Insomnia
  • Acne
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Stomach bloating
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Change in body fat

RARE SIDE EFFECTS –

  • Blurry vision
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Severe depression
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Pancreatitis
  • Low levels of potassium
  • Extreme hypertension
  • Seizures

DRUG INTERACTIONS –

  • Adalimumab
  • Amiodarone
  • BCG
  • Bupropion
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Deferasirox
  • Dofelitide
  • Droperidol
  • Enoxacin
  • Fingolimod
  • Golimumab
  • Infliximab
  • Lomefloxacin
  • Natalizumab
  • Moxifloxacin
  • Ofloxacin
  • Pimozide
  • Siponimod
  • Trovafloxacin

Fludrocortisone has major interactions with 54 different drugs.

MODERATE DRUG INTERACTIONS –

  • Acarbose
  • Acebutolol
  • Acetohexamide
  • Amobarbital
  • Anisindione
  • Aspirin
  • Benazepril
  • Boceprevir
  • Carvedilol
  • Cholera vaccine
  • Darunavir
  • Ibuprofen
  • Indinavir
  • Insulin

Fludrocortisone has moderate interactions with 373 different drugs.

PRECAUTIONS –

  • Provide the doctor with a detailed and accurate medical history prior to drug prescription. Notify especially in case of illnesses and conditions such as kidney / liver disease, thyroid conditions, diabetic conditions, malaria, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, myasthenia gravis, glaucoma / cataract, herpes infection of the eyes, ulcers, mental health issues, congestive heart failure or hypertensive blood pressure.
  • Do not use this drug in case of an allergy to Fludrocortisone or in case of fungal infections.
  • Inform the doctor of all the drugs being consumed so as to avoid severe drug interactions.
  • This drug can harm a baby severely in case of nursing period or pregnancy. Consult a doctor as to the use of this drug during feeding and gestation. Avoid nursing while on drug course.
  • Cooperate with regular blood pressure tests to measure the efficiency of this drug.
  • Avoid live vaccines while on drug course.

WARNINGS –

  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • This drug can weaken the immune system. It is important to keep the patient away from infections in sanitary conditions.
  • In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately. Symptoms of overdose include difficulty breathing, muscle pain, increased thirst / urination, general discomfort and uneven heart rate.

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