Hydrocortisone treatment for adrenal fatigue is a popular way to treat this condition. That is because hydrocortisone actually restores the proper levels of cortisone in the body that is normally produced by the adrenal gland.
What is Hydrocortisone?
Essentially, it is a supplement for the cortisone that should be present in your body if the adrenal gland was functioning properly. This is a very common form of treatment for adrenal fatigue and it has been used successfully on many people.
During the time the adrenal gland is recovering, the body can operate at near normal levels of activity and continue doing the daily routines that you have become accustomed. While it is not a cure for adrenal fatigue, it is more of a supplement that allows for the temporary introduction of hydrocortisone which replaces the natural cortisone missing from the body itself.
For many, this type of treatment is highly effective and results in the body being able to undergo a full recovery. Naturally, there needs to be a significant reduction to the level of stress either physical or emotional that has triggered adrenal fatigue, a proper diet must be consumed and a person needs plenty of rest as well so that they can fully recover.
Potential Side Effects
However, using hydrocortisone supplements have some side effects when not using the proper amounts. Too much hydrocortisone can lead to some unwanted conditions in the body that will need to be monitored in order to reduce the amounts that are given or alter the type of treatment entirely.
What follows is a list of the more serious side effects that were encountered while using hydrocortisone treatments. The side effects are considered somewhat rare, but when they do happen they need to be reported to your doctor immediately.
Weight Gain: An unexpected weight gain is one of the more common side effects as it is often accompanied by a “Buddha belly” which carries with it the negative effects of obesity.
Glaucoma: When left unchecked glaucoma can lead to blindness. However, this condition is now far more treatable today especially in the early stages.
Immune Suppression: When the immune system is repressed it allows for dormant diseases to activate, fungal infections to grow and even offers resistance to certain forms of cancer treatments as well.
Diabetes: For those who are already overweight, this is a possible complication as well.
In addition, insomnia is another potential side effect which can actually have some dire consequences since it leads to an inability to tolerate any amount of stress and may lead to a crisis situation. For those who are suffering from insomnia, reporting this to your doctor is paramount in your treatment process.
For anyone who is taking hydrocortisone in their treatment of adrenal fatigue, it is important to monitor any potential side effects and report it to their doctor as quickly as possible. Waiting too long only complicates any recovery treatment and may lead to circumstances that can be very dangerous to the life of the patient.