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How can taking cortisone damage the adrenal cortex?

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Taking the hormone that is normally produced by the adrenal cortex means that it no longer produces it (negative feedback).
If you suddenly stop taking the medication, your body needs several days to weeks to begin to make hormone again. So, if you are taking cortisol you need to taper the dose to make sure you give your glands the chance to being producing again.

In brief: Suppresses it

Taking the hormone that is normally produced by the adrenal cortex means that it no longer produces it (negative feedback).
If you suddenly stop taking the medication, your body needs several days to weeks to begin to make hormone again. So, if you are taking cortisol you need to taper the dose to make sure you give your glands the chance to being producing again.
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