What do fludrocortisone tablets do?
FLUDROCORTISONE (Florinef(R)) causes the body to retain salt and water. Fludrocortisone replaces the natural steroids that are lacking in patients with underactive adrenal glands. Fludrocortisone also treats a salt-losing condition called adrenogenital syndrome.
What should my health care professional know before I take fludrocortisone?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
heart problems, or previous heart attack
high blood pressure or blood clotting disorder
infection, such as herpes, measles, tuberculosis or chickenpox
stomach or intestinal disease, including colitis
over- or underactive thyroid
an unusual or allergic reaction to fludrocortisone, other corticosteroids, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take fludrocortisone tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. Take with food or milk to avoid stomach upset. If you are only taking fludrocortisone once a day, take it in the morning, unless otherwise directed, which is the time your body normally secretes cortisol. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it a soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, consult your prescriber or health care professional. You may need to miss a dose or take a double dose, depending on your condition and treatment. Do not take double or extra doses without advice.
What other medicines can interact with fludrocortisone?
antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen)
barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures (convulsions)
certain heart medicines
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking fludrocortisone?
difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
headache, severe or continuing
loss of appetite
mental depression, mood swings
muscle weakness, cramps or pain
skin rash or itching
sudden weight gain
swelling of face, nasal passages, or eyelids
swelling of the feet or legs
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):