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Question: Side effects if treated for PCOS


 joann9298 - Thu Feb 09, 2006 10:35 am

27/F currently being treated by PCP with depression and Hypertension taking Zoloft, Propranolol, and Zyertec.
I have done one 24 hour UFC test but can back within normal range. So the Endo wants to treat me for PCOS. If I am treated for PCOS with diabetic medication and birth control but feel that I have Cushings.
Will there be any changes with the symptoms that I am having?
Will there be anyside effects if treated for PCOS and not actually have it?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Wed Dec 20, 2006 6:03 am

User avatar Hi joann9298,
A 24 hour urine free cortisol (UFC) is one of the diagnostic tests to determine Cushings syndrome. Some of the symptoms associated with this syndrome are for example, moon face, weight gain, frequent urination, acne, growth of facial hair, irregular or no menstrual cycle etc. Even though some of the symptoms of Cushings are also present in PCOS, the normal UFC would be one of the reasons, aside from the actual evaluation and presence of symptoms, that the Endocrinologist suspects PCOS instead of Cushings. PCOS is treated with birth control medications and insulin sensitizing agents. Best wishes.
Sincerely,
Theresa Jones, RN

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