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Will I have to be on prednisone & DDAVP for the rest of my life?

By Anonymous April 27, 2010 - 3:54pm
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I recently (2 months ago) had a golf ball size pituitary tumor removed (in 2 surgeries-the last being a craniotomy). Now, I have been experiencing fluid retention over the past 2-3 weeks. My doctor put me on 15mg Prednisone 2x daily & 1 dose DDAVP daily. My acth level was a bit low and my sodium level up on the high side.

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Anon - Did your physician prescribe prednisone and DDAVP tablets immediately after your surgery, or when you started experiencing fluid retention?

Prednisone is in a class of drugs called corticosteroids. Prednisone prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Read more: http://www.drugs.com/prednisone.html#ixzz0mRXuRbZA

DDAVP tablets are used to help manage kidney function and for the management of temporary polyuria (frequent urination) and polydipsia (excessive thirst) following head trauma or surgery in the pituitary region. For more information please see: http://www.drugs.com/cons/ddavp.html

Most likely your doctor has prescribed these medications to deal with temporary conditions affecting your health, but the best way to know your doctor's exact intentions is to ask.

Good luck to you in your recovery! Pat

April 28, 2010 - 5:23pm
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