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Florinef is also know by the generic name Fludrocortisone to treat cases of low glucocorticoid levels in the body brought on by adrenal gland disease. Fludrocortisone is a synthetic version of glucocorticoid that is required by the body to help balance your blood pressure and break down carbohydrates.
Take Florinef orally with or without food once a day. Dose and schedule can change based on your response to the treatment and initial diagnosis. It is important to take this mediation regularly to get most benefit. Do not change dose or stop taking Florinef unless directed by your doctor.
Before taking Florinef speak with your doctor regarding known allergies as there are ingredients that could induce an allergic reaction. Speak with your doctor about prior medical conditions relating to osteoporosis, eye disease, hear problems, tuberculosis, kidney and liver disease, mood disorders, and stomach problems, or recent fungal infections. Disclose any medications and supplements to ensure there are no interactions while taking Florinef.
Florinef can change how your body retains salt. It can hold onto sodium easier than calcium or potassium potentially causing a salt deficiency. Speak with your doctor on how to arrange your diet to accommodate this potential deficiency while taking Florinef.
While taking Florinef you body can prevent showing any signs of infection. Make sure to practice good hygiene by washing your hands to prevent the spread of infections or other diseases. Take care to avoid others with transmittable infections like the flu, measles or chickenpox as your body's immunizations/vaccinations may be less effective while using Florinef. Do not schedule any immunization/vaccinations while being treated with Florinef.
If you are struggling with diabetes it may be harder to know when your blood sugar is low while taking Florinef. If you have diabetes check your blood sugar levels regularly when taking Florinef to ensure a safe treatment.
Limit alcoholic beverages while taking Florinef as it can increase the risk of stomach and intestinal bleeding. Speak with your doctor regarding acceptable limits of alcohol with taking Florinef.
Common side can include:
stomach upset or pain, nausea, bloating, headache, dizziness, spinning sensation, sleep problems (insomnia), mood changes, acne, dry skin, thinning skin, bruising or discoloration, slow wound healing, increased sweating, changes in the shape or location of body fat, menstrual changes (e.g., delayed/irregular/absent periods)
More serious side effects can also include:
easy bleeding, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat, skin sores), bone/joint/muscle pain, puffy face, swelling of the hands or feet, severe tiredness, increased thirst or urination, unusual weight gain, muscle weakness.
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help managing any side effects that become too severe during your treatment with Florinef. If you experience any serious side effects contact your doctor for additional medical treatment.
Q: Can I take Florinef while pregnant?
A: You should consult your doctor to discuss the risk involved with taking Florinef while pregnant. This medication can pass into the breast milk of a nursing mother. It is recommended to consult with your doctor before using this medication while breast feeding.
Q: How should I store Florinef?
A: This should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Never dispose this medication in wastewater. If you are unsure of how to safely dispose unwanted or expired medications speak with your local pharmacist for disposal options.
Q: What if I miss a dose?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If your missed does is close to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the scheduled dose to avoid double dosing.
Q: Can this medication be used by children?
A: Florinef has been know to slow down a child's growth is used for extended periods. Children using Florinef should consult with the doctor being starting treatment.
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