What is Fludrocortisone Acetate?
Fludrocortisone is a hormone that helps to regulate the concentration of sodium and potassium in the body. It is used for the treatment of Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism) in dogs and cats. Fludrocortisone may also be used to lower the potassium level in animals with hyperkalemia (high blood levels of potassium).
Who is it for?
For dogs and cats.
What are the benefits?
||Helps control the sodium and potassium concentrations in pets with Addison's Disease
||Also used to lower potassium in pets with hypoadrenocarticism (high potassium levels)
How does Fludrocortisone Acetate work?
Fludrocortisone is a mineralocorticoid, a hormone that helps to regulate the concentration of sodium and potassium in the body.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
This is a generic medication.
How is it given?
Fludrocortisone Acetate is given orally. It can be given with food. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. It is very important that you do not miss a dose. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
The dose may be adjusted by your veterinarian based upon blood sodium and potassium levels taken at regular intervals. Consult with your veterinarian regarding the testing schedule for your pet.
What results can I expect?
Fludrocortisone Acetate works to regulate the concentration of sodium and potassium in your pet's body, but must be given on a continual basis to achieve the desired effect. Missing a dose will disrupt treatment and symptoms may recur.
What form(s) does it come in?
Common Drug Name
What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Fludrocortisone Acetate?
Talk to your veterinarian about what type of outcome is expected. Have your veterinarian explain the other treatment options that may be available to treat your pet's condition, and what testing may be necessary while your pet is taking fludrocortisones acetate.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or may be used for breeding.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking. Also if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once. This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.
What is the most important information I should know?
Always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian. Understand the signs of inadequate treatment of Addison's disease: weakness, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea). Signs of overdosage include edema (fluid accumulation in the limbs causing swelling). Contact your veterinarian if you observe any of these signs in your pet.
Who should not take it?
Not for use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to it.
The safe use of Fludrocortisone Acetate in pregnant animals has not been determined. If a mother animal is receiving fludrocortisone, place the offspring on milk replacer after they have received the colostrum (first milk immediately after birth).
What side effects may be seen when taking Fludrocortisone Acetate?
May see an increase in drinking and urination, fluid accumulation in the limbs, weakness, increased appetite or weight gain.
Other side effects are usually due to giving too much or decreasing the dose too quickly.
If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
How is it stored?
Store at room temperature in a tight, light-resistant, childproof container. Protect from excessive heat.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, or if you observe any of these signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet Fludrocortisone Acetate?
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, your pet is taking while your pet is receiving fludrocortisone.
Consult your veterinarian before using fludrocortisones with amphotericin B or potassium-depleting diuretics (such as furosemide, Lasix, or Salix), salicylate (aspirin products), barbiturates, phenytoin, or rifampin, since interactions may occur. May alter insulin requirements. May increase risk of digoxin (a heart medication) toxicity.
Where is more information available?
Ask your veterinarian, consult with one of our pharmacists at 1-800-447-3021, or see the
Patient Information Sheet on this medication.