Prescription Cushing Syndrome Medications
Cushing syndrome occurs when the body becomes exposed to higher levels of the cortisol hormone for an extended period of time. This syndrome is also known as hypercortisolism and can develop as a result of an oral corticosteroid medication or when the body develops an excessive amount of cortisol on its own. Proper treatment of Cushing syndrome can restore the body’s cortisol production back to normal and improve the associated symptoms. The earlier a patient seeks treatment for Cushing syndrome, the better their chances of a quicker recovery.
Symptoms of Cushing Syndrome
The signs and symptoms of Cushing syndrome can vary based on the levels of cortisol and excess cortisol in the body. Some of the most common symptoms of Cushing syndrome include:
- Added weight and fatty tissue deposits, especially around the upper back and midsection, the face and between the shoulders (fatty hump).
- Pink or purple stretch marks on the abdomen, thighs, breast area or arms.
- Thin and fragile skin that bruises much more easily.
- Slow healing of cuts and infections.
- Muscle weakness.
- Depression, anxiety and irritability.
- Bone loss that may lead to fractures over time.
Diagnosis for Cushing Syndrome
Once you visit the doctor, he/she may conduct a physical exam and ask the following questions:
- What symptoms have you noticed?
- When did you first notice them?
- Are you feeling more emotional lately?
- What medications are you on?