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Lowered blood glucose.
Overdose of insulin
Insufficient food intake
Nausea, vomiting, hunger, weakness, headache
Elevated blood glucose
Undiagnosed diabetes, Insufficient insulin dose
Infections, surgery/trauma, stress
Polydipsia, polyphagia, polyuria
Produced in Pituitary gland, at base of brain.
Produces or controls endocrine hormones
Somatotropin (Human growth hormone, HGH)
Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)
Produced in Adrenal glands, adjacent to kidneys
Anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant properties
(Adrenal) Corticosteroid therapy
Conditions treated w/ corticosteroids
Give lowest dose/shortest time
DAW: med filler, color, etc can effect the medications effectiveness
(Adrenal) Corticosteroid Therapy
Delayed wound healing, increased susceptibility to infection.
Osteoporosis w/ fractures
Stunting of growth in children
Endocrine disorders (Cushing state)
Petechiae, easy bruising, shin thinning, tearing
Use for replacement therapy
Diagnosis w/ blood tests/lab tests
fatigue, depression, irregular periods, sensitive to cold, thinning hair, weight gain
Relieve symptoms of hyperthyroidism
Used in prep for surgical or radioactive iodine theraphy
Can take 6-8 weeks to feel effects of medication
Follow exact dosage
Do not stop abruptly
Report side effects or sign of infection (up to 12 mo. after stopping med)
Take w/ food to avoid GI upset
Avoid other drugs at same time
Expect side effects (edema, fluid retention)
Man made male replacement hormones
Simulate development of male characteristics
Palliative treatment (for breast cancer)
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