Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia


The Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Diagnosis Information Page is a collaborative project of NeedyMeds and The MAGIC Foundation. It is intended to provide information on Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and to help those with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia find assistance paying for their medications.

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) is an inherited disorder which causes an enzyme deficiency in the adrenal glands resulting in the inability of the adrenal glands to make hormones (cortisol and aldosterone) necessary to maintain life. Cortisol is necessary for maintaining the body's energy supply, blood sugar level, blood pressure, and control of the body's reaction to stress. Aldosterone is the salt-retaining hormone at the kidneys and is necessary to maintain a normal balance of salt and water, and blood pressure in the body. The inability of the adrenal glands to produce these life essential hormones is the reason why newborns and children not receiving treatment get very sick with symptoms such as dehydration, poor weight gain, low blood sugar and lethargy. Due to defective action of the enzyme, hormonal raw materials to make cortisol are shifted away to make other hormones, specifically male sex hormones (androgens). As a result more androgens are produced than necessary from early fetal life. CAH occurs with one in 15,000 live births in North America and is most prevalent among certain natives in Alaska. Please visit The MAGIC Foundation website for more details about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Below, please find a list of medications commonly used in the treatment of this diagnosis. Click on the hyperlink to find whether a savings program is available for that particular drug.

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Medications used in the treatment of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

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