Which medications in the drug class Glucocorticoids are used in the treatment of Hirsutism?

Updated: May 01, 2020
  • Author: George T Griffing, MD; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Glucocorticoids

Glucocorticoids are used to inhibit adrenal androgens. These agents have antiinflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. Glucocorticoids suppress ACTH-dependent adrenal androgen synthesis. These agents are used with variable success in women with adrenal hirsutism, CAH, and idiopathic adrenal hyperandrogenism.

Prednisone

May inhibit ACTH-dependent androgen synthesis through negative feedback.

Dexamethasone (Baycadron)

May inhibit ACTH-dependent androgen synthesis through negative feedback.

Lower doses (eg, 0.25 mg) may prove to be effective with fewer adverse effects.


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