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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Cortef (Overview)

Cortef is a corticosteroid which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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What are the differences between cortef (hydrocortisone) and prednisone in terms of replacing natural cortisol. Other than the potency. ?

What are the differences between cortef (hydrocortisone) and prednisone in terms of replacing natural cortisol.   Other than the potency. ?

Prednisone vs HC: The biggest difference between Hydrocortisone (cortef) and Prednisone is the amount of time they stay in yor bloodstream or half life. Prednisone has a longer half life then Hydrocortisone and is give once a day vs twice a day with hydrocortisone. Hydrortisone is usually the preferred steroid to treat cortisol deficiency because it more closely reproduces the diurnal variation of cortisol producti. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
337 doctors shared insights

Cortef (Overview)

Cortef is a corticosteroid which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Dermatologist prescribe for one week child 0.1%hydrocortisone cream , can we dilute this cream?

Dermatologist prescribe for one week child 0.1%hydrocortisone cream , can we dilute this cream?

Doubt the need: A fetus floats around in moisture more intense than the best skin creams.A newborn must acclimate their skin to the dry air around them and our efforts to clean them.By 1 week the effects of pregnancy hormones often begin to produce transient baby acne that self heals with no treatment by the 3rd month. I doubt you need to do anything other than nurture the child & keep it clean. ...Read more

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Is solu-cortef used for treatment of addison's disease?

Is solu-cortef used for treatment of addison's disease?

Solu-cortef: Is a glucocorticoid similar to the steroid produced in the adrenal after stimulation by the pituitary hormone acth. It is a teatment of addison's, which is adrenocortical insufficiency.. ...Read more

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After 11 yrs illness, been put on cortef (hydrocortisone) to see if it improves severe fatigue, muscle weakness, pain. Don't have addisons tho. Is it still safe?

After 11 yrs illness, been put on cortef (hydrocortisone) to see if it improves severe fatigue, muscle weakness, pain. Don't have addisons tho. Is it still safe?

Caution: Taking a corticosteroid isn't something that should be done without a diagnosis, especially at your young age. There are several potential side effects. If you do not have addison's then i would ask what the diagnosis is, and what the treatment duration is. If you haven't had a rheumatology evaluation that would be a good next step. ...Read more

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So my doctor perscribed me hydrocortisone acetate, is acne a side effect?

So my doctor perscribed me hydrocortisone acetate, is acne a side effect?

Maybe: Lpts of people who take cortisne or other similar products usually by mouth at higher doses can get acne as a side effect. It is not very common to get acne from the low concentration topicals prescribed. ...Read more

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What are hydrocortisone cream side effects?

What are hydrocortisone cream side effects?

Side effects: A High potency steroid cream used for long periods of time can cause skin atrophy, hypopgimentaion of skin and hypothalamic-pituitary suppression ...Read more

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I have been put on cortef (hydrocortisone) for adrenal insufficiency? How long is the treatment? I'm worried it is permanent.

I have been put on cortef (hydrocortisone) for adrenal insufficiency?  How long is the treatment?  I'm worried it is permanent.

Might be Permanent: Different things can cause this. If you have addison's disease then this is most certainly permanent. If you were previously on a long course of steroids for immunosuppression, this may be temporary, in an effort to prolong the steroid weaning process. Please ask your physician to explain the cause and what to expect from your adrenal insufficiency to you. ...Read more

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Is solu-cortef available in a 100mg/2ml solution?

Is solu-cortef available in a 100mg/2ml solution?

Yes: There is an ACT-O-VIALĀ® System single-dose vial in that strength. ...Read more

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Can I be allergic to solu-cortef?

Can I be allergic to solu-cortef?

Yes.: It is possible to be allergic to solu-cortef or one the excipients in the drug. ...Read more

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Allergies to solu-cortef?

Allergies to solu-cortef?

POssible: Steroid allergies are very unusual but have been reported. ...Read more

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Befefits from soul cortef (hydrocortisone)?

Solucortef (hydrocortisone)?: For an endocrinologist, this drug is given by IV or into the muscle during medical emergencies for patients who have adrenal insufficiency. We prescribe it to our patients so that they may administer it at home in the event of such an emergency. ...Read more

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Is solu-cortef used for treatment of addison's disease?

Solu-cortef: Is a glucocorticoid similar to the steroid produced in the adrenal after stimulation by the pituitary hormone acth. It is a teatment of addison's, which is adrenocortical insufficiency.. ...Read more

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What is the duration of injected solu-cortef (hydrocortisone)?

What is the duration of injected solu-cortef (hydrocortisone)?

About 8-12 hours: 8-12 hours is what is referred to as the 'half-life' of this medication. That means that 1/2 of the drug has been metabolized (removed) in this time period. Although half of the dose is still present after this time period, it is understandably much less effective for every hour beyond this. The maximal (usual) effect of this drug, then, is good for the first 8-12 hours. ...Read more

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Hi does solu-cortef treat disseminated intravascular coagulation?

Solu cortef (hydrocortisone): It doesn't treat it in any way. It may be used with other medications used to treat this condition, but in and of itself it doesn't. ...Read more

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Losing huge amount of hair taking Synthroid (thyroxine) and cortef? Will my hair grow back?

Losing huge amount of hair taking Synthroid (thyroxine) and cortef?  Will my hair grow back?

Autoimmune Alopecia: Assuming that you have autoimmune thyroid disease and addison's disease, hair loss may also be the result of autoimmune attack on your hair follicles. Given both adrenal and thyroid involvement it is also possible that the alopecia is from being sick awhile before treatment in which case it may improve with hormone replacement. A dermatologist will help to sort out and treat if necessary. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm allergic to solu-cortef and penicillin. need dental treatment but am worried about anaesthetic?

What to do if I'm allergic to solu-cortef and penicillin. need dental treatment but am worried about anaesthetic?

Allergy tsting: Hi, the advise I can give you is to see your dentist first and get an idea what kind of a treatment plan will be recommended. After it your dentist will give you samples of the anesthetics that will be used during the procedure and you can get tested with your MD for allergies to these anesthetics. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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Is there synthetic acth and TSH to use instead of Synthroid (thyroxine) and cortef?

Is there synthetic acth and TSH to use  instead of Synthroid (thyroxine) and cortef?

Yes : There are acth and TSH but if your adrenal and thyroid is missing or not working, then these two hormones will do nothing to help you. ...Read more