Endocrine disorders

Pheochromocytoma

About Pheochromocytoma

Pheochromocytoma is a rare tumor that usually starts in the cells of one of your adrenal glands. Although they are usually benign, pheochromocytomas often cause the adrenal gland to make too many hormones. This can lead to high blood pressure and cause symptoms such as

  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Pounding of the heart
  • Being shaky
  • Being extremely pale

Sometimes pheochromocytoma is part of another condition called multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome (MEN). People with MEN often have other cancers and other problems involving hormones.

Doctors use lab tests and imaging tests to diagnose it. Surgery is the most common treatment. Other options include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. Targeted therapy uses substances that attack cancer cells without harming normal cells.

NIH: National Cancer Institute

Top Medications for Pheochromocytoma according to our users

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  • All men

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • Propranolol
    55%
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All Medications for Pheochromocytoma

  • Antihypertensive > Beta blocker

    • Propranolol
      Prescription only

      Inderal (Propranolol) is good for treating many heart problems and other problems in the body, but it has more side effects than other beta blockers. You can't miss doses.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Liquid
  • Antihypertensive > Alpha blocker

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Pheochromocytoma

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  • Have it surgically removed if possible
  • Go to a specialist who treats a lot of these
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