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I take 20 mg. of Cortef per day: 10 in the morning, 5 at 1 p.m. and 5 at 5 p.m. That is plenty for me, so I agree your dose might be too high. You want to aim for the lowest possible dose that controls your Addison's symptoms, as too much has side effects. If you have trouble sleeping, I would say you are on too much. You should discuss with your doctor the possibility of scaling down a bit. You can always go back up if you find that 20 is too little for you. Everyone is different.
I've never understood why they give prednisone for adrenal insufficiency instead of Cortef (hydrocortisone) anyway. The risks (side effects) are so much greater with the prednisone. Look it up! I'm glad you're doing better. I only take 15 mg of Cortef in the AM and 5 in the PM, but I only weigh a shade over 100 pounds. They originally started me on 30 mg in the AM and 15 in the PM, and I had side effects. Once I switched endos and they dropped my dose, I did much better.





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