Fatique - Glossary
Fatigue - Glossary

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  • analgesic
  • A drug that reduces pain. Analgesics include aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen.

  • anemia (a-NEE-mee-a)
  • A condition in which the number of red blood cells is below normal.

  • antidepressant
  • A drug used to treat depression.

  • corticosteroid (KOR-tih-koh-STAIR-oyd)
  • Any steroid hormone made in the adrenal cortex (the outer part of the adrenal gland). They are also made in the laboratory. Corticosteroids have many different effects in the body, and are used to treat many different conditions. They may be used as hormone replacement, to suppress the immune system, and to treat some side effects of cancer and its treatment. Corticosteroids are also used to treat certain lymphomas and lymphoid leukemias.

  • dehydrated
  • electrolyte (ee-LEK-troh-lite)
  • A substance that breaks up into ions (electrically charged particles) when it is dissolved in body fluids or water. Some examples of electrolytes are sodium, potassium, chloride, and calcium. Electrolytes are primarily responsible for the movement of nutrients into cells and the movement of wastes out of cells.

  • erythropoietin
  • A substance that is naturally produced by the kidneys, and that stimulates the bone marrow to make red blood cells. When erythropoietin is made in the laboratory, it is called epoetin alfa or epoetin beta.

  • fatigue
  • hormone
  • A chemical made by glands in the body. Hormones circulate in the bloodstream and control the actions of certain cells or organs. Some hormones can also be made in a laboratory.

  • psychostimulant (SY-koh-STIM-yoo-lunt)
  • A drug that causes a sense of well-being, decreases fatigue and depression, and increases the desire to eat. These drugs can also cause mood changes and trouble with sleeping.

  • transfusion (trans-FYOO-zhun)
  • The infusion of components of blood or whole blood into the bloodstream. The blood may be donated from another person, or it may have been taken from the person earlier and stored until needed.

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