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Always take your medications or follow your course of hormone therapy as directed.  If you seem to be having previous symptoms again or a different set of symptoms, call your doctor. You may need further treatment or your dose of medication may need to be adjusted. Remember that sometimes symptoms take a while to disappear. Some symptoms may never go away. Ask your doctor if you have questions or frustrations about your progress after treatment.

Diseases of the pituitary gland may have psychological aspects. These may include symptoms of depression, moodiness, nervousness, and reduced sex drive. Many of these symptoms will improve once you receive treatment for your pituitary condition. You may also seek additional professional help and the support of a patient group or counselor to help you cope with these symptoms.

Since the cause of most pituitary tumors is not known (with the exception of occasional genetic conditions), there is nothing a person can do to prevent tumors from forming. However, with expert care and monitoring, most people with pituitary tumors can lead normal lives. Anything you can do to protect your head from injury will help to preserve your hormonal system and potentially save your life.

Editors:

Anne Klibanski, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital 
Harvard Medical School

Nicholas Tritos, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Last Review: May 2013