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I've been working with a new doc (family practice) to help treat my adrenal fatigue/thyroid (main complaints depression/hypoglycemia). To my doc's credit, I feel that she is really trying to help me although she has admitted that adrenal fatigue is a little beyond her scope of knowledge.

We just got done trying Armour for my thyroid--I did not tolerate this well. So yesterday at my appointment I asked what she thought about trying Cortef to treat the adrenal fatigue first before adjusting the thyroid. She said that she would call a doctor friend of hers who has been treating patients for adrenal fatigue and see what he thought because she had never prescribed Cortef before (my doc is very young).

So today she calls me back and says that her doc friend doesn't like the side effects he sees with the Cortef, that he is using a supplement called Vitalert. He says it should "restart" the adrenals within 3-4 months, but that his patients have been feeling better after about 1 month.

I looked up the ingredients of Vitalert, and here's what I found:

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 4 Tablets

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Vitamin A (as beta carotene) 5,000 IU 100%
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 600 mg 1000%
Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol) 400 IU 100%
Vitamin E as (dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate) 60 IU 200%
Vitamin K-1 (as phytonadione) 25 mcg 31%
Thiamin (as thiamine hydrochoride) 12 mg 800%
Riboflavin 16 mg 941%
Niacin (Vitamin B-3 as niacinamide, niacin) 140 mg 700%
Vitamin B-6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride) 12 mg 600%
Folic Acid 400 mcg 100%
Vitamin B-12 (as cyanocobalamin) 30 mcg 500%
Biotin 45 mcg 15%
Pantothenic Acid (as calcium pantothenate) 20 mg 200%
Calcium (as calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate) 250 mg 25%
Iron (as carbonyl iron) 9 mg 50%
Phosphorus (as calcium phosphate) 160 mg 16%
Iodine (as potassium iodide) 150 mcg 100%
Magnesium (as magnesium oxide) 100 mg 25%
Zinc (as zinc oxide) 15 mg 100%
Selenium (as selenium proteinate) 25 mcg 36%
Copper (as copper sulfate) 2 mg 100%
Manganese (as manganese carbonate) 5 mg 250%
Chromium (as chromium chloride) 25 mcg 21%
Molybdenum (as sodium molybdate) 25 mcg 33%
Chloride (as potassium chloride) 40 mg 1%
Potassium (as potassium chloride) 40 mg 1%

Silicon (as silicon dioxide) 4 mg *
Boron (as sodium borate) 150 mcg *
Tin (as stannous chloride) 10 mcg *
Vanadium (as sodium metavanadate) 10 mcg *
Nickel (as nickelous sulfate) 5 mcg *
Proprietary herbal blend consisting of: 126 mg *
Guarana (seed) extract *
Ginkgo Biloba (leaf) powder *
Panax Ginseng (root) powder *
Bee Pollen *
Gotu Kola (herb) powder *
Soy Protein powder *
Ginger (root) powder *
Lecithin (vegetable source) *
Rose Hips (fruit) powder *

* Daily Value not established

Other Ingredients: Modified Cellulose, Stearic Acid (vegetable source, Magnesium
Stearate (vegetable source), Vanillin, PEG.
Directions for use: Individuals (12+ years) take four (4) tablets once a day with food.

She said to take 2 pills every morning but if I "start feeling jittery or break out in a rash" that I should give her a call. :eek:

I see the ingredient Guarana listed, and from everything I've read, persons with adrenal problems should not take guarana as it's a stimulant.

What do you guys think about all of this? I'm so discouraged (and brain-fogged), that all I can think is "[I]another supplement[/I]?".


P.S. Numbers from about 6 weeks ago:

Estradiol 2.2 (1.0-5.0)
Progesterone 25 (100-600)
Ratio: Pg/E2 11 (50-200)
Testosterone 28 (20-50)
DHEAS 11.7 (3-10)

Cortisol Morning 2.5 (3-8)
Cortisol Noon 1.8 (2-4)
Cortisol Evening 1.4 (1-2)
Cortisol Night 0.7 (0.5-1.5)

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