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By Barbara Forney, VMD
Commonly prescribed for: Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's disease)
Species: Dogs and Cats
Therapeutic Class: Synthetic Hormone
Fludrocortisone acetate is a synthetic hormone that is used to treat hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's disease) in dogs and cats. Addison's disease occurs when an animal's or person's adrenal gland does not manufacture the appropriate amount of hormones. Fludrocortisone acetate replaces both glucocorticoid and mineralocortical hormones, but it is a much stronger drug for the replacement of mineralocorticoid. Mineralocorticoids have an important role in the regulation of electrolytes and water balance in the body. These hormones act upon the kidney, causing it to retain sodium and excrete potassium. When the body does not make an appropriate amount of these hormones, blood sodium levels may become dangerously low, blood potassium levels may become dangerously high, and the animal may also retain fluid. An acute episode of hypoadrenocorticism is called an Addisonian crisis. This is a true medical emergency.
Fludrocortisone Acetate for Veterinary Use
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Compressed oral tablets that are smaller than a Tic-Tac®
Oral medication available in gelatin or veggie capsule options.
Water based oral suspension with a wide variety of flavoring options.
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