What is Cortisol test?

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Cortisol, a corticosteroid hormone is produced by the adrenal gland. It increases blood pressure, blood sugar, and reduces immune responses.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Adrenal fatigue 3 0
Adrenal insufficiency 1 1
Cramps in legs 1 1
Dizziness 1 1
Optic neuritis left eye 1 1
Pain in forearm 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 4

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cortisol test

Side effect Patients
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 2
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2 patient evaluations for Cortisol test

May 10, 2010 (Started Apr 30, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for weakness in hands)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in hands)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in forearm)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for optic neuritis left eye)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for weakness in forearm)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: As Cortisol was given with a view to reduce I found marking off the dose on the bottle each day helpful(easy to forget dose). Also I started on 40 mgs but as I had multiple symptoms I should have started on 60 mgs ideally. I got this advice from MS Nurse Specialist after I'd seen GP. It was a bank holiday weekend!

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Dec 3, 2008 (Started Mar 04, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cramps in legs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Stay on the program as outlined by the Helen Foundation in Mesa, AZ Very low dosage of cortisol.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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