Pituitary Adenoma

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

A pituitary adenoma is a benign (not cancer) tumor found in your pituitary. The pituitary is a small gland in your brain that makes hormones to control other organs and tissues in your body. A pituitary adenoma can put pressure on nearby nerves and brain tissue. A pituitary adenoma can also release high levels of hormones that affect how other organs and tissues work.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Medicines:

  • Medicines decrease hormone levels that are too high.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return for more tests to measure hormone levels. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You feel fatigued, anxious, or you have sudden mood changes.

  • You have an increased amount of facial hair.

  • You have changes in the shape of your face.

  • Your period stops or becomes irregular.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You are dizzy or feel confused.

  • You have a severe headache and a stiff, painful neck.

  • You have sudden weight gain or weight loss.

  • Your heart rate is faster and stronger than normal for you.

  • You have sudden vision changes or cannot move your eyes from side to side.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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