Florinef is a medication that belongs to a group of meds called steroids. It works by preventing the release of those substances that cause inflammation in the human body. That’s why doctors prescribe it to treat those conditions when the body doesn’t produce enough steroids naturally, including salt-losing adrenogenital syndrome and Addison’s disease.
What to Do before Treatment
Before you start taking Florinef, visit your doctor to inform him/her about other medical conditions that you have, including allergic reactions, liver and kidney problems, thyroid disorders, diabetes, tuberculosis, malaria, osteoporosis, hypertension, heart issues, stomach ulcers, mental disorders, herpes infections, cataracts, glaucoma and fungal infections. Its intake should be altered if you experience any unusual stress, including fever, serious ailment, infection, medical emergency or surgery.
The intake of steroids may weaken the immune system, thus, making it easier to get sick or infected. Refuse from receiving live vaccines while undergoing this treatment, because they may not work as they should. It’s not allowed to stop this treatment suddenly, because you risk experiencing unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The use of Florinef may cause unusual results of specific medical tests too. Seek emergency medical help if you suspect overdosing, especially if you have such symptoms as:
Sudden weight gain and swelling;
Shortness of breath and confusion;
Increased urination and thirst;
Uneven heart rates;
Muscle pain and weakness;
When undergoing this treatment, you need to avoid being near those people who have infections or are sick. Call doctors to get an effective preventive treatment if you’re exposed to measles and chicken pox.
Mild and Serious Florinef Side Effects
People who take this medication may experience both mild and serious side effects. It’s necessary to get emergency medical attention if there are any signs of allergic reactions, such as:
Swelling of lips and face;
Difficulty breathing and hives.
Most users have mild side effects, including mood changes and sleeping issues, dry skin and easy bruising, acne and bloating, slow wound healing and others. Serious adverse reactions are rare, but they all require immediate medical care, including:
Sudden weight gain and shortness of breath;
Vision problems and coughing with blood;
Seizures and depression;
Tarry or bloody stools;
Unusual behaviors or thoughts;
Increased urination and extreme thirst;
Severe nausea and vomiting;
Severe stomach pain and fast heart rates;
Muscle weakness and confusion;
Anxiety and blurred vision;
Chest pain and severe headaches.
There are certain meds that may interact with Florinef, including water pills, birth control pills, blood thinners, diabetes meds, aspirin, insulin, digoxin, rifampin, anabolic steroids, barbiturates and some others.