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Florinef Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is fludrocortisone (Florinef)?
- What are the possible side effects of fludrocortisone (Florinef)?
- What is the most important information I should know about fludrocortisone (Florinef)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking fludrocortisone (Florinef)?
- How should I take fludrocortisone (Florinef)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Florinef)?
- What happens if I overdose (Florinef)?
- What should I avoid while taking fludrocortisone (Florinef)?
- What other drugs will affect fludrocortisone (Florinef)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking fludrocortisone (Florinef)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to fludrocortisone, or if you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body.
Steroid medication can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection. Steroids can also worsen an infection you already have, or reactivate an infection you recently had. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor about any illness or infection you have had within the past several weeks.
Other medical conditions you should tell your doctor about before taking fludrocortisone include:
- liver disease (such as cirrhosis);
- kidney disease;
- a thyroid disorder;
- a history of malaria;
- a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis;
- glaucoma or cataracts;
- herpes infection of the eyes;
- stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, or diverticulitis;
- depression or mental illness;
- congestive heart failure; or
- high blood pressure
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take fludrocortisone.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Fludrocortisone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take fludrocortisone (Florinef)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.
Your steroid medication needs may change if you have unusual stress such as a serious illness, fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Tell your doctor about any such situation that affects you.
This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using fludrocortisone.
Do not stop using fludrocortisone suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication.
Carry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet stating that you are taking a steroid, in case of emergency. Any doctor, dentist, or emergency medical care provider who treats you should know that you are taking steroid medication.
Store fludrocortisone at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Additional Florinef Information
- Florinef Drug Interactions Center: fludrocortisone oral
- Florinef Side Effects Center
- Florinef Overview including Precautions
- Florinef FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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