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Is/has anyone suffering from Adrenal Fatigue been perscribed Cortef and seen wonderful results?

How long were/have you been on it?

Have you stopped taking it, and feel that your glands are healed?

What else did you take while on Cortef? (Supplements, vitamins)

What were you doing while on Cortef, as far goes as exercising? Were you taking it easy, or where you able to lift weights, and be active with sports?

Thanks!
[QUOTE=AlwaysTired247]Is/has anyone suffering from Adrenal Fatigue been perscribed Cortef and seen wonderful results?

How long were/have you been on it?

Have you stopped taking it, and feel that your glands are healed?

What else did you take while on Cortef? (Supplements, vitamins)

What were you doing while on Cortef, as far goes as exercising? Were you taking it easy, or where you able to lift weights, and be active with sports?

Thanks![/QUOTE]
I haven't felt so great since starting cortef, the symptom I usually get is nasuea(thats not spelled right) and I think its a symptom of the medication. Every now and then I get lightheaded but I take that as a sign to take more cortef. I have also noticed that I feel really sick if I don't take my medication first thing in the morning.

I have been on cortef since September and I am taking 5 mg in the morning and 15 in the afternoon. I am also on 2500mg of calicum (5x a day) and am also on vit d supplement but I can't remember the name of the medication right now.
2jen,
You should have 10mg in the morning when you first get up or while still in bed. 5mg about noon & 5mg about 5pm.

5mg Cortef in the morning is not enough so you have nausea. Our replacement meds are supposed to be taken first thing in the morning. Many of us take some of the morning dose before getting out of bed.
[QUOTE=WandaB]2jen,
You should have 10mg in the morning when you first get up or while still in bed. 5mg about noon & 5mg about 5pm.

5mg Cortef in the morning is not enough so you have nausea. Our replacement meds are supposed to be taken first thing in the morning. Many of us take some of the morning dose before getting out of bed.[/QUOTE]

Oh you are right, I wrote it down wrong! I take a pill and a half in the morning which is 15mg and a half a pill in the afternoon, which is 5. I was on 20 in the morning and 10 in the afternoon and I just felt horrible, my face got puffy and I gained a little weight. I am feeling much better on the lower dose, but I still have bouts of nasusea. Sometimes I just get nauseas randomly though. I have noticed that if I take a nap, I usually feel really sick when I wake up. From what I have read, neausea is a side effect of cortef, so I am guessing that is whats going on. I have been telling my endo and he is just trying to figure it all out. I am debating getting a second opinion just to see what someone else has to say. For the most part I am feeling much better on the lower dose of cortef, but now they are thinking I also might have Hashimotos disease which I will find out about on Monday. Thanks for helping me figure all of this out, it can be so confusing at times!
2jen,
Nausea is not a side effect of Cortef. It could be that your body doesn't like Cortef in which case you could switch to it's generic Hydrocortisone. Just ask your doc to switch you. Not a big deal to switch & it just might help you.

It might help you to go to the dose schedule I mentioned before to spread out your dose. You may also have to add 5mg. You should have ""NO"" nausea on a regular basis.
Thank you both for your replies.

Is there much of a difference between hydrocortisone and cortef? Is one better than the other?

Thanks again.
[QUOTE=WandaB]2jen,
Nausea is not a side effect of Cortef. It could be that your body doesn't like Cortef in which case you could switch to it's generic Hydrocortisone. Just ask your doc to switch you. Not a big deal to switch & it just might help you.

It might help you to go to the dose schedule I mentioned before to spread out your dose. You may also have to add 5mg. You should have ""NO"" nausea on a regular basis.[/QUOTE]

There is a generic version!!! My insurance only covers generic prescriptions and my pharmacy told me there wasn't a generic version of cortef! Granted, its only $35 a month, but if I could get it for $10 that would be even better. I just figured nausea was a part of it, I always wake up neauseas, is that not normal either or is it because I haven't taken cortef yet? I go back to the endo on Monday so I will definetely mention it. Thank you so much for your help.
alwaystired,
The fillers are different in Hydrocortisone & Cortef. One is not better than the other. It is just a matter of which one you do better on. I do best on Hydrocortisone or Prednisone, but know of many who take Cortef & do fine. We are all very different.

When I have to increase for a cold or broncitis I use Prednisone. Sometimes use total Prednisone for it's anti-inflammatory benefits. Knocking on wood...it has been a LONG time!
Are both of your diagnosis for Adrenal fatigue, or addisons?

Thanks!!! :)
[QUOTE=AlwaysTired247]Are both of your diagnosis for Adrenal fatigue, or addisons?

Thanks!!! :)[/QUOTE]

I have been diagnosed with a mild case of addisons disease.
I was diagnosed three years ago with panhypopituitarism, which means my pituitary gland is not functioning. I was well into an adrenal crisis by the time they figured out what was going on. I was prescribed Cortef and it literally saved my life. I saw results almost immediately, and the difference in my health was huge. I currently take 20 mg of Cortef (15 in the morning and 5 in the evening). I also replace the other hormones as needed. And I agree with Wanda: if you are still having nausea, you aren't getting enough Cortef.
I have addisons disease.
For all :

What is your activity in life like now with cortef/hydrocortisone?

Are you active in sports, exercise, and feel like you can enjoy life again? Do you feel energized after doing exercise, or physical exhurstion, or do you feel run down, and need naps?

Do you find that after time, you can enjoy things like sugar snacks, and junk food... every once in a while?
2jen,
Since you are taking full replacement you have addisons disease/adrenal insufficiency & your adrenals are not working. Do you have an emergency shot on hand in case of crisis?
[QUOTE=WandaB]2jen,
Since you are taking full replacement you have addisons disease/adrenal insufficiency & your adrenals are not working. Do you have an emergency shot on hand in case of crisis?[/QUOTE]

I asked the doctor about keeping a cortisol shot on hand and he didn't think it was neccessary. I do keep my cortef with me at all times and I was also told to get a medical alert bracelet. I am just so confused with all of this, I am newly diagnosed and I think my doctor is just trying to figure out the right dosage for me. I am really interested in trying a different medication other than cortef and to see how I feel after that.

Do you keep the shot of cortisol with you?
[QUOTE=AlwaysTired247]For all :

What is your activity in life like now with cortef/hydrocortisone?

Are you active in sports, exercise, and feel like you can enjoy life again? Do you feel energized after doing exercise, or physical exhurstion, or do you feel run down, and need naps?

Do you find that after time, you can enjoy things like sugar snacks, and junk food... every once in a while?[/QUOTE]

I am just now starting to feel mostly normal again, and am able to make it through the day without a nap. Some days I am more tired than others but that could also be from a busy day. I still eat the same foods as before too.
eating the same foods as in, healthy, or junk food?

I'm a very healthy person, but I love eating junk food a couple times a month. You know... to keep a person sane ;)

I've read that fixing the adrenal naturally takes sooooo damn long and you have to be an angle when it comes to food..

I just can't wait to exercise and workout again, and be active in sports. I just hope my endo can/will help me.
[QUOTE=AlwaysTired247]eating the same foods as in, healthy, or junk food?

I'm a very healthy person, but I love eating junk food a couple times a month. You know... to keep a person sane ;)

I've read that fixing the adrenal naturally takes sooooo damn long and you have to be an angle when it comes to food..

I just can't wait to exercise and workout again, and be active in sports. I just hope my endo can/will help me.[/QUOTE]


Oh I don't know about that, my doctor never said anything about reparing the adrenals. I eat my fair share of junk food, but I am also underweight so I figure its ok.
[QUOTE=AlwaysTired247]eating the same foods as in, healthy, or junk food?

I'm a very healthy person, but I love eating junk food a couple times a month. You know... to keep a person sane ;)

I've read that fixing the adrenal naturally takes sooooo damn long and you have to be an angle when it comes to food..

I just can't wait to exercise and workout again, and be active in sports. I just hope my endo can/will help me.[/QUOTE]


Oh I don't know about that, my doctor never said anything about reparing the adrenals. I eat my fair share of junk food, but I am also underweight so I figure its ok.
2jen,
Yes, I have emergency shots. I keep a kit by my phone in the kitchen & another kit in my purse. There are 2 shots in each kit. Alcohol wipes. Along with a letter from my endo with instructions on how to care for me. MedicAlert info. A page explaining addisons.

Some doctors are lazy, don't have a clue & trying to save a dollar. Anyone with addisons/adrenal insufficiency should have the shot at hand & know how/when to use it. Also anyone who is likely to be around if you have a crisis should know how to use it. They should also know the signs of you going into crisis as our brains usually don't function well.

A nurse at your hospital or doctors office should train you how to give the shot. When my vials expire I practice on an orange.
Thanks Wanda, I will definetely look into that. My doctor isn't sure if this is related, but I was on human growth hormone for five years when I was a child and had to give myself an injection everyday, so I am ok with that part. I haven't done it in almost 8 or 9 years, but its something I could do if I have to.

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!





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