Florinef Acetate (Fludrocortisone) is used for the treatment of low glucocorticoid levels. In which it is caused by disease of the adrenal gland such as:
- Adrenocortical insufficiency
- Salt-losing adrenogenital syndrome
- Addison’s disease
Glucocorticoids are needed in many ways for the body to function well. It is important for salt and water balance. It also keeps the blood pressure normal. Those are needed to break down carbohydrates in your diet.
How does Florinef Acetate (Fludrocortisone) work?
Florinef Acetate (Fludrocortisone) imitates the actions of aldosterone. It is a steroid that is naturally made by the body. The physiological effects of this drug are dose-dependent. Small oral doses of this medication cause an increase in sodium retention and blood pressure. It also increases urinary potassium excretion. A larger dose of this drug inhibits the secretion of hormones from the adrenal gland.
Why use Florinef Acetate (Fludrocortisone)?
Florinef Acetate (Fludrocortisone) is a man-made oral corticosteroid. This was initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1954. The first generic form of this drug was approved by the FDA in 2002. This comes as a tablet for oral use. This is available as 0.1 mg table that contains Fludrocortisone as an active ingredient.
How to use Florinef Acetate (Fludrocortisone)?
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Take it exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take it more often than the prescription.
Florinef Acetate (Fludrocortisone) is to be taken by mouth. Take it with a full glass of water. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Remember to take the prescription at the same time every day.
What are the side-effects of Florinef Acetate (Fludrocortisone)?
Common side effects:
- Stomach upset or pain
- Spinning sensation
- Mood changes
- Sleep problems
- Dry skin
- Bruising or discoloration
- Thinning skin
- Increased sweating
- Slow wound healing
Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects:
- Easy bleeding
- Puffy face
- Severe tiredness
- Muscle weakness
- Unusual weight gain
- Increased thirst or urination
Warnings and Precautions
- Do not take this drug more often and change the dosage without consulting your doctor.
- Let your doctor if your condition continues or get worse.
- Tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or if you have any allergies.
- Inform your doctor about the medical history that you had.
- Keep this far from the reach of children.