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A 40-year-old female asked:

i am to begin taking cortef (hydrocortisone) at moderate dose, prob for a couple years at least. what can i do to protect my health and what should i look out for?

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Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
I'd recommend: U follow up with your dr and endocrinologist who should closely monitor your pituitary and adrenal status. It's a sensitive issue to maintain and taper off someone on chronic steroid use. Best wishes! http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/prednisone-withdrawal/an01624 http://www.Medicinenet.Com/script/main/mobileart.Asp?Articlekey=484.

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