Posted 9/23/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -6)
Actuall, the adrenal glands don't stop producing cortisol unless a person has been on prednisone for a long time. It takes many years for the adrenals to "fatigue". The main reason for prednisone is that autoimmune diseases of all types tend to make people insufficient in their cortisol levels. We still produce cortisol, but not enough to battle inflammation.
The body naturally makes about 7mg of cortisol when we have an "adrenalin rush" or a situation where cortisol is needed to battle inflammation. Someone with an autoimmune disease makes less than that. So prednisone is introduced to make up the difference and help the body fight. AI diseases can also attack the adrenals causing adrenal fatigue or out right adrenal crisis, where taking prednisone is a life long medication need to keep a person alive.
Yes, you can be on too much prednisone. Symptoms are ususally a constant adrenalin rush, jitters, trouble sleeping, fast heart beat, just to name a few. So it's important to be on as low a dose as possible that keeps your AI disease under control. Being on too much prednisone can also cause the adrenals to shut down prematurely.
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