Fludrocortisone is a corticosteroid and is used to replace the steroid hormone that your body lacks. Corticosteroids are medications which act in the same way as steroid hormones and are used to replace the body’s own production when the adrenal glands (that produces steroid hormones) are not working normally.
This medication can help patients who have low blood pressure. Fludrocortisone increases the blood pressure by increasing the salt level in the body which in turn increases the volume of the blood.
Please inform your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.
Please see your doctor if you notice changes in your mood, such as having low mood or depression, mood swing (frequently changing emotions) or feeling anxious while you are taking this medication.
Other rare but serious effects that may occur include:
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Before starting on this medication, inform your doctor if you:
If you come into contact with anyone who has an infectious disease such as chickenpox, shingles or measles, please see your doctor as soon as possible. Fludrocortisone decreases your body’s natural immune response and you may be at higher risk of getting these diseases.
Talk to your doctor before getting any vaccinations.
Please inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications, before you start taking fludrocortisone:
Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking or intend to take any other medications, supplements, traditional medications or herbal remedies.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose
Keep this medication in the original container or packaging, tightly closed or sealed in the refrigerator, between 2 to 8°C, away from direct sunlight.
The tablets can be left at room temperature (25°C) for up to 30 days. If you have left this medication at room temperature for more than 30 days, you should throw the medication away.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.
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