This was written by an Addison’s disease patient and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Consult your health care provider before starting or stopping any medical treatment.
I am NOT a doctor, nor do I claim to be. I am simply an adrenal insufficient woman who has done much research to understand adrenal disease and seeks to help others understand as well.
What is Florinef “Fludrocortisone?”
Medication used as partial replacement therapy for adrenocortical insufficiency and for the treatment of salt-losing adrenogenital syndrome.
May also be used for treatment of POTS syndrome. A potent mineralocorticoid medication used to replace aldosterone in adrenal insufficiency and salt wasting syndromes.
What are Mineralocorticoids?
A class of steroid hormones produced in the adrenal cortex and influence salt and water balances in the body. The main mineralcorticoid is aldosterone.
What is Aldosterone?
Aldosterone affects the body’s ability to regulate blood pressure.
It sends the signals to the kidney to regulate the amount of sodium the body sends into the bloodstream or the amount of potassium released in the urine.
It causes the bloodstream to re-absorb water with the sodium to increase blood volume.
Aldosterone also helps maintain the blood’s pH and electrolyte levels.
Aldosterone is closely linked to two other hormones: renin and angiotensin, which create the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. It is essential in regulating proper blood pressure and electrolyte balance in the body.
What is Renin?
An enzyme secreted by the kidney that is part of a physiological system that regulates blood pressure. In the blood, renin acts on a protein known as angiotensinogen, resulting in the release of angiotensin I.
What is Angiotensin?
A group of hormones that are part of the renin-angiotensin system.
To create angiotensin, the liver creates a protein called angiotensinogen. This protein is broken up by renin, which comes from the kidney. This forms angiotensin I. Angiotensin I passes through the bloodstream, where it turns into angiotensin II, which is the primary form of the hormone that affects blood pressure and other areas of the body.
Simply put- Proper aldosterone levels are essential to the synergy of chemicals in the body. In adrenal insufficient patients- fludrocortisone is used to synthetically balance electrolytes and blood pressure levels.
With any other steroid medication, general recommendations are to start out on the lowest dose possible and adjust according to blood renin levels and electrolyte levels determined through a blood metabolic panel lab result.
Fludrocortisone is a potent medication that directly affects cardiac function.
Too high of a dose can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, swelling, weight gain and mental disturbances. Be vigilant of any changes your body is presenting and contact your doctor if you exhibit any of these issues.
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