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Hypopituitarism in Children (cont.)

Medications

Drugs used to treat hypopituitarism replace the deficient hormone.

  • Somatotropin (recombinant human growth hormone) is used to treat growth hormone deficiency. This therapy is used to treat growth failure and metabolic abnormalities related to growth hormone deficiency. The treatment (growth) response in infants and children with severe growth hormone deficiency as a result of hypopituitarism is remarkable.

  • Levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl) is used to treat low levels of thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is needed for normal growth, metabolism, and nervous system development.

  • Hydrocortisone (Cortef, Solu-Cortef) and fludrocortisone (Florinef) are used to treat adrenal insufficiency resulting from ACTH deficiency or primary disorders of the adrenal gland.

  • Vasopressin (Pitressin) or desmopressin (DDAVP) may be used to treat diabetes insipidus (ADH deficiency).

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