What happens to the adrenal cortex if you take too much steroids?

How much? How long? It depends on the steroids potency (they differ), the length of time you take it, and the amount you are taken. Very modest suppression can occur within a week, because acth production by the pituitary will decrease, but reawaken in a couple of days. However high doses for along period (1mo) will atrophy the adrenal gland and you will need to taperm commencing with an alternate day regimen.

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Could you tell me what happens to the adrenal cortex if you take to much steroids?

Adrenal suppression. Taking large dose of steroids orally for a long time and suddenly stopping them may lead to adrenal crisis and death. This is manifested as shock that doesn't respond to common blood pressure-raising medications. Read more...

What occurs to the adrenal cortex if you take to much steroids?

Shrinks down. If you do not use a gland, it tends to atrophy, or shrink. If you take steroid pills, your adrenals do not need to produce any, and the glands atrophy. The cells, however, do not die, so they will come back, but it can take time, depending on how long you were on steroids and what dose. Read more...