Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Androgen Excess?

Updated: Mar 14, 2018
  • Author: Mohamed Yahya Abdel-Rahman, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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Corticosteroids

Adrenal hyperandrogenism responds well to low-dose glucocorticoid therapy with dexamethasone or prednisolone. These agents are used with variable success in women with adrenal hirsutism, CAH, and idiopathic adrenal hyperandrogenism. Glucocorticoids have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. Changes suggesting Cushing disease may develop in patients receiving long-term therapy.

Dexamethasone (Baycadron)

May reduce steroid hormone production. Decreases immune reactions.

Prednisone

May reduce steroid hormone production. Decreases immune reactions.


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