What happens if I miss a dose (Florinef Acetate)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Florinef Acetate)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Overdose symptoms may include swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath, confusion, uneven heart rate, increased thirst or urination, leg discomfort, and muscle pain or weakness.
What should I avoid while taking fludrocortisone (Florinef Acetate)?
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medication.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while you are being treated with fludrocortisone. Vaccines may not work as well while you are taking a steroid.
What other drugs will affect fludrocortisone (Florinef Acetate)?
There are many other medicines that can interact with steroids. Below is only a partial list of these medicines:
- aspirin (taken on a daily basis or at high doses);
- amphotericin B (Fungizone);
- a diuretic (water pill);
- digoxin (digitalis, Lanoxin);
- phenytoin (Dilantin);
- rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate, Rimactane);
- birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy;
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
- insulin or diabetes medications you take by mouth;
- an anabolic steroid such as oxymetholone (Anadrol-50), nandrolone (Durabolin, others), and others; or
- a barbiturate such as amobarbital (Amytal), butabarbital (Butisol), mephobarbital (Mebaral), secobarbital (Seconal), or phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with fludrocortisone. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about fludrocortisone.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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