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A 47-year-old member asked:

For an aldosterone deficiency doctors will prescribe fludrocortisone acetate; is it the same as aldosterone?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
A Verified Doctoranswered
32 years experience
No: Hi. No, fludrocortisone is not chemically identical to aldosterone (although many similarities), but it selectively activates the mineralocorticoid (aldosterone) receptor, so serves the purpose of aldosterone.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Low aldosterone: Yes it is synthetic aldosterone. You may also need cortisone. Depending on cause of low ald.

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