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A 36-year-old member asked:

I have been on cortef (hydrocortisone) 3 times a day for a total of 30mg a day. is this harmful for pregnancy?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Not directly: Cortef (hydrocortisone) is similar to cortical adrenal hormones. The placenta is able to break down maternal cortical adrenal hormones, so that the fetus is not exposed to an excess of them. However Cortef (hydrocortisone) (like any other cortical adrenal hormone) can cause hypertension and diabetes in the mother, and these may negatively affect the pregnancy. As always, one has to balance risks and benefits...
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
More info needed: Cortef (hydrocortisone) 30 mg/day is a moderate amount of corticosteroid to take whether pregnant or not. You haven't said why you are taking this medication. If the benefits of taking it exceed the risk to you and your unborn child then follow your physician's advice and don't try to taper off the steroids until after your child is born.
Last updated Jul 7, 2015
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