Adrenal Insufficiency - On June 24, 2010, I lost my second adrenal gland due to a tumor causing uncontrollable high blood pressure. I am now on hydrocortisone and would like to know what symptoms I should be aware of before I take extra doses during times of increased stress (per doctor's orders), My maintenance dosage is 20 mg in the AM and 10 mg in the PM. Am also on other meds for hypertension
Depends on what type of Hydrocortisone you're taking but in general, common side effects include: dryness; itching; difficulty sleeping; dizziness or lightheadedness; headache; increased appetite; increased sweating; indigestion; nervousness.
More severe side effects include: severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using Hydrocortisone/Urea ; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.
You should seek medical attention if you experience any severe side effects.
For a complete list, please read:
Hi joelp. Boy did you ask a loaded question! I have had Addisons Disease for almost thirty years now, and am a walking, talking dictionary on side effects. The first thing I need to know is are you male or female? Our screen names do not always tell. Ok, first of all, you are on the same dose that I spent so many years on, that when my new Endocrinologist tried to cut me down to what they have found to be our "true" maintainence dose (they say), !5 - 20mg PER DAY, it was too late for me. I had been on 30 mg a day for way too many years, and they could not cut me back below 25mg's a day (15 am, 5 dinner, and 5 bedtime). Is your doctor an Endocrinologist? You will need one for the rest of your life. You might check with him about that maintainence dose, just to be on the safe side. If I knew how much you already know about Adrenal Insufficiency, that would help a lot with where I begin. There are so many things I want to say to you, but i will try to stick to just your question on side effects. --- Ok. I'm having a really hard time writing this and trying to keep it rather short. I am by nature long winded, but this question is so very important to your life that I'm kind of fumbling around trying not to say the wrong things. First, you absolutely must take extra cortisone in emergencies. The problem is in defining emergencies. Without that, you can't know how much to take, and this is where the main side effects of cortisone come into play. Before going any further let me assure you; you'll be ok if you follow certain guidelines and like everyone else, "Please God, keep us safe." Let me say this much: Side effects - #1- weight gain - #2, early senile cataracts - #3 - early menopause - #4 - hypertension - #5 - kidney problems - #6 - thyroid problems - #7- immune problems - and I'm going to stop here and wait for a response to this. Maybe you can give me a little more information, such as. age, sex. kind of doctor, exactly what meds you are on, and anything you might feel relevant. I also am interested in what brought you to our site. Are you lacking in information and need more, just curious? Did you have your entire adrenaI glands removed, including the medulla (inside portion of adrenal glands)? I only ask these questions as it makes a difference in what I write. I am not trying to alarm you or put you off in any way. I just want to make sure that I have enough information from you so that I can give you more exact information that will help you. I don't know how much you know going in When I was first diagnosed, the Doctors told me that within one year, I would know more about Addisons Disease (adrenal insufficiency)than they did. I think this is true. I am going to make you my friend on this site, and if you will do the same (go to my profile and click on make a friend), we can reach each other easily. I would like to talk more with you. If we write in the private message area, I can give you more direct information through e-mails or phone calls. I would very much like to talk to you about this. There really is so much I can tell you. Take care and God bless. I wish you health and happiness. I wait to hear from you. I am beanmarie
- Hydrocortisone Information for Consumers
- Hydrocortisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydrocortisone (detailed)
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