Lysodren for the Treatment of Adrenal Cancer and Cushing’s Syndrome
Lysodren (generic name: mitotane) is a prescription medication used to treat cancer of the adrenal glands, known as adrenal cortex (adrenocortical) carcinoma. It is also prescribed to treat Cushing’s Syndrome.
Adrenocortical carcinoma is a rare tumor type, occurring in 1 or 2 people per million population annually. Lysodren is marketed as an orphan drug because of the small numbers of patients who require it. It is typically used in patients who have persistent disease despite surgery, those who are not surgical candidates or those with metastatic disease.
The adrenal glands are located above the kidneys. Their outer cortex produces a variety of hormones including the steroids aldosterone and cortisol, as well as androgens.
Prescription Lysodren works by decreasing the amount of hormones produced by the adrenal glands, as well as altering the peripheral metabolism of steroids. Because of that, steroid replacement therapy is usually prescribed when you take Lysodren.
Your dosage of Lysodren will be determined by your doctor. It is taken with or without food, usually up to three times per day depending on your doctor’s prescription. If you have questions about how to take your prescription Lysodren, speak to your pharmacist who will be happy to explain the directions on your prescription.
The active ingredient in prescription Lysodren is mitotane and it is available as 500 mg tablets.
Do not increase or decrease your dosage of prescription Lysodren without your doctor’s instructions. Your doctor may order blood levels of mitotane (Lysodren) to be measured in order to ensure the dose is right for you.
Common side effects may include:
Signs of allergic reaction may include:
Lysodren therapy requires careful monitoring by your doctor, including regular bloodwork appointments, in order to ensure the dosage is appropriate.
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