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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Hypopituitarism is a condition where your pituitary gland does not make enough hormones. The pituitary gland is found under the middle part of your brain. Your pituitary gland makes and releases hormones such as prolactin, growth hormone, and thyroid stimulating hormone. It also controls the amount of hormones that other glands make and release in your body.
- Medicines may help balance your hormone levels. They may be given as a pill or skin patch.
- 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 or endocrinologist as directed:
You may need to return for more tests, and to make sure your medicine is working. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Weigh yourself daily. Weigh yourself at the same time every morning after you urinate, but before you eat. Weight gain is used to check fluid loss or extra fluid in your body.
- Wear medical alert jewelry or carry a card that says you have hypopituitarism. Ask your healthcare provider where to get these items.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- Your menstrual period stops or becomes irregular.
- You get tired very easily.
- You have sudden weight gain or loss after you start treatment.
- Your have mood changes or become depressed.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
You or someone close to you should seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have sudden loss of feeling in an arm or leg.
- You are confused, or have a hard time speaking.
- You have a severe headache, dizziness, or vomiting.
- You have chest pain or shortness of breath.
- You lose consciousness.
- You have sudden blurred vision or loss of vision.
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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.