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Does low dose cortef (hydrocortisone) heal the adrenals, helping the patient to feel well again and enabling them to eventually go off the drug? Non-addison's.

Does low dose cortef (hydrocortisone) heal the adrenals, helping the patient to feel well again and enabling them to eventually go off the drug? Non-addison's.

No: Taking any dose of steroid causes the adrenal glands to work less, as the pituitary gland regulates your adrenal hormone level. If your adrenal glands truly do not work, you need lifelong adrenal hormone replacement. However, I see people who have been diagnosed with "adrenal fatigue". This is not a true medical diagnosis. Most of these people have no adrenal problem at all. ...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-VIAL® System single-dose vial in that strength. ...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)?

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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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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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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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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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

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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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My husband lost his job and our insurance. I have Addison’s Disease and need refills on my Synthroid, Estrodoil, Cortef, Florinef and 2 Solu-Cortef In?

My husband lost his job and our insurance. I have Addison’s Disease and need refills on my Synthroid, Estrodoil, Cortef, Florinef and 2 Solu-Cortef In?

Contact local clinic: This is the public information site on Healthtap. We do not offer to diagnose or treat anyone for anything. If you have a condition that requires prescription meds you need to look to a local clinic for help. Sometimes you will find these affiliated with teaching hospitals. ...Read more

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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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What is the best way to lose weight while on cortef (hydrocortisone)? I've gained 60 lbs since starting it. Thank you.

What is the best way to lose weight while on cortef (hydrocortisone)? 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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Should an increase in petechiae be looked into when on hydrocortisone (cortef) tablets? Have had some for years but they are increasing in numbers.

Should an increase in petechiae be looked into when on hydrocortisone (cortef) tablets? Have had some for years but they are increasing in numbers.

Absolutely: I am going to assume that your health is stable and that you are not thrombocytopenic. If you actually have petechiae, they always deserve to be worked up; you want to know whether you have a capillary fragility syndrome. In the US, we have food faddists who give themselves scurvy; I trust Australians are more sensible. Cortef (hydrocortisone) makes capillaries more fragile. I'd get specialist consultation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cortef (hydrocortisone) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Cortef (hydrocortisone) allergy?

Cortef: Cortef (hydrocortisone) is a steroid medication. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: http://www. Rxlist. Com/cortef-side-effects-drug-center. Htm ...Read more

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

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

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... ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Just recovered from addisonian crisis a year ago. Currently on cortef (hydrocortisone). Trying to conceive since 6 month ago but failed. What can help?

Just recovered from addisonian crisis a year ago. Currently on cortef (hydrocortisone). Trying to conceive since 6 month ago but failed. What can help?

Depends: It depends upon whether your low cortisol levels were from adrenal or pituitary causes. If it was pituitary, you may have other hormonal abnormalities that interfere with conception. If it was your adrenal glands, and you're receiving appropriate replacement, you should return to whatever fertility you had prior to your acute episode. Check w/your doctors and have your partner checked. ...Read more

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Disabled w/dysautonomia. Each time I use steroids for other reasons, my dys gets A LOT better. Would low dose daily cortef (hydrocortisone) be a good idea for me?

Disabled w/dysautonomia. Each time I use steroids for other reasons, my dys gets A LOT better. Would low dose daily cortef (hydrocortisone) be a good idea for me?

Discuss with your MD: It mah be helpful. We do not know the details of your case. Often Fludrcorisone is used to help body retain salt and fluids
Discuss with your doctor if you are a candidate for it. ...Read more

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Is cortef (hydrocortisone) a medicine used after a pituitary tumor removal to replace your missing hormones?

Sometimes: If a patient has surgery to remove a brain tumor which affects the pituitary gland, then yes, Cortef (hydrocortisone) may be necessary when acth secretion is inadequate to keep the patient's cortisol level in an acceptable range. ...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.

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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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

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Why don't drs recognize adrenal dysfunction until the adrenals are 90% burnt out (addison's)? Seems there should be treatment, such as cortef, (hydrocortisone) before

Why don't drs recognize adrenal dysfunction until the adrenals are 90% burnt out (addison's)? Seems there should be treatment, such as cortef, (hydrocortisone) before

Adrenal Failure: Adrenal failure is diagnosed long before the adrenals are 90% burned out (which would mean they can only make 10% of usual cortisol levels). Cortrosyn stimulation tests are pretty sensitive in detecting adrenals that can't make the high levels of cortisol needed in case of severe illness or injury. ...Read more

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