Florinef belongs to a group of medications known as steroids. It’s designed to stop the releasing of different substances inside the body that lead to inflammation.
Florinef is also used to help with conditions where the body isn’t creating enough of its own steroids, like Addison’s disease and salt-losing adrenogenital syndrome.
There are additional purposes that this medication can be used for that aren’t mentioned here.
What are some of the potential serious side affects you might be at risk for if you decide to use this medicational treatment?
Problems with your vision
Swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath
Severe depression, unusual thoughts or behavior, seizure (convulsions)
Bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood
Pancreatitis (severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate);
Low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling)
Dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure)
What are some of the more common potential side affects you might be at risk for when using this medicational treatment?
Sleep problems (insomnia), mood changes
Acne, dry skin, thinning skin, bruising or discoloration
Slow wound healing
Headache, dizziness, spinning sensation
Nausea, stomach pain, bloating
Changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist)
How can a doctor be sure that this treatment is well suited to you and your condition?
Doctors aren’t just there to make sure your health is in order. They also have to make sure any advice they give you is actually going to work. No doctor can give you cookie cutter advice. No advice can be one size fits all. They have to tailor their advice to each individual patient, because each one of them is going to have their own unique circumstances and problems. This has to be accounted for.
This is important as far as prescribing medications go. When a doctor decides to issue you a medication for your condition, they have to believe it’s the right choice for you. The last thing you want to do though is just accept whatever you’re told. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s not challenging a doctor, just you doing what you need to when it comes to your health. Any good medical professional will welcome such questions and be more than ready to answer them.
One question you should ask them is why are they opting to prescribe you one medication over another for a specific condition? Some answers might be based on how well you reacted to certain medications in the past. Others might be based on how severe your condition is or the likelihood you’ll experience side effects based on what treatments you’re using now. Then you have doctors who simply don’t trust prescribing certain medicational treatments.
These are cases where maybe they had too many patients complain about its use or they felt it wasn’t working the way it was supposed to. In any case you want the answers.
Making sure a treatment like Florinef is well suited for you is about doing a thorough check of your past, asking you the right questions, and even taking a close look at how other patients have responded (whether those patients are those of that doctor or another one he/she associates with). As long as you could feel confident about the answers provided then there’s no reason to not trust what they tell you. It also should make you feel better if you were told something else besides Florinef would work better for you.