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Generic: fludrocortisone
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It is used to treat Addison's disease and to treat a salt losing condition called adrenogenital syndrome
               



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What is this medicine?

FLUDROCORTISONE (floo droe KOR ti sone) is a corticosteroid. It is used to treat Addison's disease and to treat a salt losing condition called adrenogenital syndrome.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • Cushing's syndrome
  • diabetes
  • heart problems or disease
  • high blood pressure
  • infection like herpes, measles, tuberculosis, or chickenpox
  • liver disease
  • myasthenia gravis
  • osteoporosis
  • stomach, ulcer or intestine disease including colitis and diverticulitis
  • thyroid problem
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to fludrocortisone, corticosteroids, other medicines, lactose, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take it with food or milk to avoid stomach upset. If you are taking this medicine once a day, take it in the morning. Do not take more medicine than you are told to take. Do not suddenly stop taking your medicine because you may develop a severe reaction. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose may be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • mifepristone, RU- 486

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • amphotericin B
  • aspirin and aspirin- like drugs
  • barbiturates like phenobarbital
  • digoxin
  • diuretics
  • female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills
  • male hormones
  • medicines for diabetes like insulin
  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
  • phenytoin
  • rifampin
  • vaccines

               
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