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June 1960

Therapeutic Doses of Salicylates: Effect on Adrenal Cortical Secretory Activity in Normal Subjects

Author Affiliations

Birmingham, Ala.

From the Department of Medicine and University Hospital, University of Alabama Medical Center and the Medical Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, Birmingham, Ala.; Trainee of the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, United States Public Health Service (Dr. Ulloa).

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(6):914-920. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270180092012

Introduction  Similarities between the anti-inflammatory effects obtained from salicylate and glucocorticoid therapy in rheumatic diseases have led to speculation as to a common mode of action of these two substances. Metabolic studies using current laboratory procedures have, however, often produced conflicting results. Data have been reported supporting the concept that salicylates stimulate the pituitary-adrenal axis in man. In other studies these data have not been confirmed and, indeed, appear to have been contradicted. Some investigators have reported an increase in the urinary reducing steroids and no change in neutral 17-ketosteroids after salicylate therapy.1-3 Others have reported a significant decrease in the urinary 17-hydroxycorticosteroid excretion with a slight decrease in 17-ketosteroid excretion in individuals who have been given large doses of salicylates.4 Other reports have shown no significant alteration in either urinary 17-ketosteroids 5-7 or 17-hydroxycorticosteroids 6,7 following salicylate administration.In many of the earlier studies in man, massive

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