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Can florinef (fludrocortisone) have bad long term side effects?

Can florinef (fludrocortisone) have bad long term side effects?

No: Florinef (fludrocortisone) is the synthetic equivalent of your salt retainig hormone used to control salt waisting caused by adrenal insufficiency. We use it to treat salt waisting adrenal hyperplasia which is a congenital disorder, so patients are on it for life, and no longterm consequences have been found. ...Read more

Dr. Gerald Mandell
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What kind of side effects have you experienced with fludrocortisone / florinef?

What kind of side effects have you experienced with fludrocortisone / florinef?

HTN, low K: Hi. Florinef (fludrocortisone) dosed right should not have side effects. But it can cause high blood pressure and low blood potassium (K) if over done. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can the steroid florinef (fludrocortisone) have bad long term side effects?

100%: Florinef (fludrocortisone) is a corticosteroid used to correct certain adrenal problems. It helps raise blood pressure, retain sodium and fluid. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about longterm side effects of Florinef (fludrocortisone) 50 mcg daily taken for POTS syndrome. Need to take to function. I also have SLE.

Although there is: potential for electrolyte abnormalities, hypertension and calcium metabolism issues, in general Florinef (fludrocortisone) is safe and effective long term for many POTS patients. Your health care professional should be monitoring your electrolytes and blood pressure and adjusting your dosage appropriately to avoid long term side effects. The alternative is poor treatment and recurrent syncope with potential harm. ...Read more

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Starting florinef (fludrocortisone) 0.5mg 3x/week for lightheaded spells related to dysautonomia .How long before I should feel difference if it works? Side effects?

Florinef (fludrocortisone): This drug should work the first time you take it if the dose is correct. It does not work immediately in the morning but causes your body to retain more fluid over the course of the day. That is intended to help regulate your blood pressure, especially when upright. ...Read more

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Is florinef (fludrocortisone) better to take than prednisone? I'm concerned about long term side effects but need to take florinef (fludrocortisone) 0.05 mg for POTS syndrome 3x/week.

Is florinef (fludrocortisone) better to take than prednisone?  I'm concerned about long term side effects but need to take florinef (fludrocortisone) 0.05 mg for POTS syndrome 3x/week.

Prednisone is not: really a good alternative for florinef (fludrocortisone) in terms of POTS. At least not in the long term. Prednisone has little mineralocorticoid effect compared to florinef (fludrocortisone), and you mainly need that effect, and a little adrenocorticoid effect that prednisolone offers. Eventually you will need to replace both substances as your both aspects of your adrenal function shuts down with long term steroid use. ...Read more

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Florinef (fludrocortisone) for pots 50mcg felt a lot better now .1mg feel dizzy and sick. Will these side effects go? Potassium is fine weekly blood test. Ughh!

Lower dose?: You may need to lower the dose, but you should only do this with your doctor's supervision! never stop Florinef (fludrocortisone) abruptly, it could lead to fatal adrenal crisis if you were previously on it for awhile. Florinef (fludrocortisone) supresses your body's natural production of cortisol, so stopping suddenly can cause low cortisol crisis. ...Read more

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Is cloudy urine with odor first thing in the morning a side effect of florinef (fludrocortisone)?

Unlikely: Although Florinef (fludrocortisone) has been causative of darkening of urine and increased frequency, the usual change in urine odor is either due to diet, or the odor is actually vaginal. Cloudy urine can occur normally as salts precipitate out when the urine hits the toilet water. ...Read more

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A side effect on florinef (fludrocortisone) leaflet says shortness of breath. How come it can cause this?

A side effect on florinef (fludrocortisone) leaflet says shortness of breath. How come it can cause this?

Rare side effect: Micromedex does not mention shortness of breath as a side effect. Micromedex is a respected drug information resource professionals use. Drug companies are mandated to report any side effect even if they are rare. Florinef (fludrocortisone) is known to cause fluid retention. Excessive fluid in the blood means heart will have to work hard, causing shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What is florinef (fludrocortisone)?

Mineralcorticoid: Your adrenal glands make a class of hormone called mineralcorticoid. It helps maintain blood pressure. If your adrenals can't produce it for whatever reason, Florinef (fludrocortisone) is a pill substitute for those hormones. ...Read more

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Why does florinef (fludrocortisone) 0.1mg cost so much?

Why does florinef (fludrocortisone) 0.1mg cost so much?

Not sure.: Looks like about $2/pill. Could be the manufacturing process, the liability overhead or profiteering. ...Read more

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Would you use florinef (fludrocortisone) for a balance disorder?

Depends: If the balance issue is due to low blood pressure and no other causes were found about why the blood pressure is low, then you could try it to see if it improves. I would search for the cause of the "unbalance" first before trying fludrocortisone. ...Read more

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What could happen if you were to suddenly stop taking florinef (fludrocortisone) after taking it for 3 yrs?

Symptoms can return: There are several indications for fludrocortisone. I certainly would not stop this without consulting your physician. ...Read more

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How long is the shelf (fridge) life is for florinef (fludrocortisone)?

Long: Hi. Fludrocortisone has a long shelf life (far exceeding the "expiration date" from the manufacturer). ...Read more

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Why do I need my electrolytes checked while on florinef (fludrocortisone)?

Why do I need my electrolytes checked while on florinef (fludrocortisone)?

Because: Florinef (fludrocortisone) has an effect on your bodies electrolyte levels and if it gets too out of balance some serious problems can arise - one is blood pressure. Your doctor might explain more reasons, but it is definitely true that monitoring is a very important part of your best treatment. Best! ...Read more

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Could florinef (fludrocortisone) mask a uti?

Masking a UTI?: Florinef (fludrocortisone) will not mask the symptoms of a UTI and has no effect on its occurrence. For more information on Florinef (fludrocortisone) go to this link: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/drug-information/dr600669/dsection=proper-use good luck. ...Read more

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How do you wean off of florinef (fludrocortisone). .1 tid?

Decrease slowly.: If you are on the Florinef (fludrocortisone) for adrenal issues, it is best to decrease slowly by dropping to twice a day (bid) for a week or two...Then daily (qd) for a week or two. Then half a tab for a week, etc. As long as you do not have any negative effects while weaning, you should be fine. However, it is best to consult with the physician who started you on the Florinef (fludrocortisone) before doing so. ...Read more

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Can florinef (fludrocortisone) cause tingling in the face?

Can florinef (fludrocortisone) cause tingling in the face?

Probably not: B"sd Florinef is the only available cortico-steroid that acts at the aldosterone receptor. It is most notable for actions on the kidney to retain sodium and excrete potassium. Excess dosing can result in salt retention (hypertension) and low potassium. Under dosing would be the opposite. Tingling most often has to due with low blood calcium. Be glad to discuss details of the face in the case ...Read more

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What kind of medicine is florinef (fludrocortisone) acetate?

What kind of medicine is florinef (fludrocortisone) acetate?

Mineralcorticoid: Your adrenal glands make a class of hormone called mineralcorticoid. It helps maintain blood pressure. If your adrenals can't produce it for whatever reason, Florinef (fludrocortisone) is a pill substitute for those hormones. ...Read more

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