Medications and the Endocrine System. RN2 Medication Course School of Nursing & Health Studies Victoria University. Endocrine System. Consists of ductless glands Produce hormones that regulate and control the metabolic activities of the body, thus maintaining homeostasis
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RN2 Medication Course
School of Nursing & Health Studies
Hyperpituitarism: Increased Growth Hormone
Hypopituitarism: Insufficient supply of hormones
An over production of thyroxine causing a metabolic imbalance causing thyrotoxicosis
an underproduction of thyroxine leading to a slowing of the metabolic process causing myxoedema
The disease shows a marked hereditary pattern.
It is 20 times more common in women than in men
The goitre is usually asymptomatic.
Prognosis: good with treatmentHashimoto’s disease
1. Resistance to stress
2. Metabolic effects:
Effects carbohydrate metabolism
Electrolyte & fluid balance
Steroids cross react with aldosterone receptors in kidney and lead to the retention of sodium, water and excretion of potassium
Protein & calcium changes
Suppression of inflammation & immunity
Atrophy of adrenal cortex
Duration of action
Representation of relative potencies of some corticosteroids for equivalent anti-inflammatory action