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Fludrocortisone

floo-dro-kor-ti-sone

What does it do?

Fludrocortisone is a steroid medicine used to replace natural steroids if your body can not produce enough. It is also used to treat low blood pressure.

How should you take it?

Take fludrocortisone regularly as directed. Take it with food and a glass of water.

What if you forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with fludrocortisone including:

  • anti-inflammatories, such as diclofenac (e.g. Voltaren®), ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen®), or aspirin (e.g. Disprin®, in doses used for pain relief). These can also be found in some cold and flu medicines (e.g. Nurofen Cold and Flu®).

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Muscle weakness

Swollen feet or legs, short of breath

Tell your doctor

Headache

Weight gain

Tell your doctor if troublesome

Stomach upset

Take with food and tell your doctor if symptoms persist

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have thyroid, heart, kidney or liver problems, glaucoma, a mood disorder, or if you have ever had a seizure.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Do not stop taking fludrocortisone without talking to your doctor first.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. December 2017

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed