Prescription Medication for Cushing’s Disease

Cushing’s disease, also called Cushing’s syndrome, is a hormone disorder caused by exposure to high levels of cortisol. High cortisol can be caused by overproduction in the adrenal glands, or by taking oral corticosteroid medication. Cushing’s disease can cause changes in physical appearance, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and diabetes, and treatments can reduce the risk of developing those complications.


According to the Mayo Clinic, prescription medications for Cushing’s disease are used as a last resort if surgery or radiation are not effective in resolving symptoms.


Nizoral is an anti-fungal medication used to treat skin problems that is also prescribed for Cushing’s disease.

Nizoral Effects

Side effects of Nizoral include drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, allergic reactions and liver damage, which can be life-threatening.


Lysodren is a medication used to treat cancer of the adrenal gland and to treat Cushing’s disease, and can cause immune suppression.

Lysodren Effects

Fever, double vision, dizziness, fatigue, skin rash, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are all side effects of Lysodren.

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