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Dexamethasone Suppression Test Side Effects
No: No special precautions are required for the Dexamethasone suppression tests, as side effects are virtually absent, and either test can be conducted on an outpatient basis by a compliant patient. Obviously, the test cannot be performed if the patient is receiving exogenous acth or other glucocorticoids. ...Read more
No: It's much less dangerous than missing cushing's or the brain malfunction that can produce serious mental illness. Please go ahead if your physician has asked for it. I've never heard of anyone having an adverse outcome from this test. ...Read more
Is it normal after taking the overnight dexamethasone suppression test to have your cortisol level be <0.8 mcg/dl, also did not fast.
Dex suppression test: 41 F from UT asks: Is it normal after taking overnight sex to have cortisol < 0.8 msg/dl and did not fast. ANS: To decide it it is normal I need to know a few more things. 1. What was the dose or Dex? 2. Why was it done? 3. What are the normal ranges for that lab? 4. What other meds were you taking? So can consult with me so i can get more details and answer better. But probably OK. ...Read more
Is it ok to drink small amount of alcohol night before dexamethasone suppression test ?, does alcohol interfere with the test and pills I need to take
Not a good idea: It seems you are taking sertraline, lorazepam, and promethazine - in this setting you may want to avoid alcohol altogether. Drinking a small amount of alcohol the night before the test is probably not going to interfere with the test, but it defeats the purpose of a test to have factors potentially interfere with the test, when they can easily be avoided. ...Read more
Should not: Should not affect the test.Get a more detailed answer ›
Confused about dexamethasone suppression test. how can taking a steroid LOWER cortisol levels? having this to check for cushing's.
50 year-old woman, still has high cortisol levels, despite a pituitary hypophysectomy last year that resulted from evaluation of her high BP.....?
Recur Pit Adenoma: Hard to ans w/o all details. But if it never got better, it is possible the pituitary adenoma was not completely respected or if even a few cells were missed it has recurred. In this case imaging/disc w/neuro surg & endo vital to discuss re-op or XRT. Some people improve but BP never comes to completely no & need less meds. Lastly, need to have serious disc w/endo if the dx was right. More info? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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