Supportive therapy manages the symptoms caused by an adrenal gland tumour, but it does not actively treat the tumour. People with functioning adrenal gland tumours require treatment to manage the symptoms caused by hormone overproduction.
Supportive therapy drugs may be used to control the symptoms of extra hormone production:
Drugs that may be given for adrenocortical tumours to block the actions of the hormones include:
Supportive therapy for pheochromocytoma is used to control high blood pressure and irregular heart rhythms caused by overproduction of hormones. Both benign and malignant pheochromocytoma tumours cause excessive amounts of hormones called catecholamines.
People with a pheochromocytoma tumour must have their blood pressure and heart rhythms return to normal before they can have surgery.
Drugs that may be given for pheochromocytoma to block the actions of the hormones include:
Hormone replacement therapy may be needed after surgery if:
Possible side effects of supportive therapy drugs include:
For more detailed information on specific drugs, go to sources of drug information.
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