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Cortef Harmful Pregnancy
Not directly: Cortef 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 (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... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
Is hydrocortisone cream or ointment safe to use in pregnancy? I have a irritated bug bite and used some ointment will it harm the baby?
I am to begin taking cortef 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
What is the best way to lose weight while on cortef? I've gained 60 lbs since starting it. Thank you.
Very hard: This is a steroid used to calm/quiet/restore damaged/inflammed areas. Unfortunately, it goes throughout the body and often leads to "enhanced caloric accumulation" (=fat!).Need to try to maintain as much activity in your day as able to tolerate safely--walking, bike (stationary or outside), swim, etc.). Monitor portion size and limit high-calorie foods. ...Read more
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