Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “ADRENAL“ to remember about Drugs Causing Adrenal Suppression
Mnemonic : ADRENAL
A – Alcohol: Chronic alcohol consumption can lead to adrenal suppression.
D – Dexamethasone: A synthetic corticosteroid that can suppress adrenal function when used in high doses or for prolonged periods.
R – Rifampin: An antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis that can induce hepatic enzymes, leading to the metabolism of corticosteroids and adrenal suppression.
E – Etidronate: A bisphosphonate medication used to treat osteoporosis that can rarely cause adrenal suppression.
N – Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): Prolonged use of NSAIDs like ibuprofen can affect adrenal function.
A – Asthma Inhalers (High-Dose): High-dose inhaled corticosteroids, such as fluticasone, can suppress the adrenal glands over time.
L – Lithium: A medication used to treat bipolar disorder that can affect thyroid and adrenal function, leading to adrenal suppression.
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