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Why have i been put on cortef (hydrocortisone) for adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
Hydrocortisone: Cortef (hydrocortisone) is the closest oral medication available to replace your own cortisol, the depleted hormone in adrenal insufficiency. It also has a shorter half life which makes it easier to control in terms of dosing and potential side effects.
Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Cortef (hydrocortisone): Adrenal insuffiency causes a lack of cortisol in the body. Cortex is a form of replacement. Oral Hydrocortisone is the usual treatment choice.
Last updated Oct 24, 2014

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