Dilantin and Adrenal Insufficiency : The Endocrinologist

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Dilantin and Adrenal Insufficiency

Prebtani, Ally MD, BScPhm, ABIM, FRCP(C); Rana, Punam MD, BHSc

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The Endocrinologist 17(5):p 246-248, September 2007. | DOI: 10.1097/TEN.0b013e318156093c


Various drugs may interact with a corticosteroid, altering its bioavailability. Phenytoin is one example which reduces the bioavailability of a corticosteroid via enzyme induction through the CYP450 system. In this case report, we examine an adrenally insufficient patient on steroid therapy who developed an acute adrenal crisis following phenytoin administration. We list other major drugs that interact with corticosteroids and discuss alternative antiepileptics that have less interaction.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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