Our expert says:
Your adrenal glands make cortisone for your body which is a hormone used in metabolism, the management of the salt levels in the blood, of blood sugar and blood pressure . If you take external cortisone ( like the Prednisone) the level of prednisone in your blood tells the brain to let the adrenal glands know that there is enough cortisone available, and that they should stop making cortisone. If you don’t taper off the Prednisone course by gradually reducing the dose so that the brain can inform the adrenal glands to start working again, you can develop an adrenal crisis or acute shortage of cortisol. This can also be caused by severe stress and severe infections. It is a dangerous life threatening condition and the treatment usually is supplement of cortisone and management of low blood pressure with a drip.
You can use prednisone in future but just taper down gradually if you use it for more than a few days – cut the dose in half for 3 days, then again in half for 3 days etc. until you can stop.
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