Pituitary deficiency

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What is pituitary deficiency?

Hypopituitarism is the decreased secretion of one or more of the eight hormones normally produced by the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. Treatment is replacement of the hormones of the hypofunctioning target glands and/or attention to tumor if present in gland.

Common symptoms reported by people with pituitary deficiency

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with pituitary deficiency

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Genotropin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pituitary deficiency (3) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Bioidentical hormone cream)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pituitary deficiency (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Clomid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pituitary deficiency (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cortate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pituitary deficiency (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pregnyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pituitary deficiency (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cortef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pituitary deficiency (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Natural lithium)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with pituitary deficiency, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with pituitary deficiency

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Genotropin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pituitary deficiency (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pituitary deficiency (3) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
increased sleepiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Bioidentical hormone cream)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pituitary deficiency (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Clomid)
Perceived effectiveness
for pituitary deficiency (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pituitary deficiency (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cortate)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pituitary deficiency (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pregnyl)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pituitary deficiency (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cortef)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pituitary deficiency (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Natural lithium)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with pituitary deficiency, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has pituitary deficiency on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 9
30s 19
40s 35
50s 27
60s 19
70+ 4
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 11
20-29 years 5
30-39 years 16
40-49 years 8
50-59 years 4
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 33
Female 83

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 65
Not Diagnosed 4

These charts show data from pituitary deficiency patients who have completed their condition history
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