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Prednisone versus Nutri adrenal extra


I have been taking Prednisone - a low dose of 2.5mg x a day. (AM and Lunch Time). This dose was suggested due to my Cortisol and ACTH being Low - Cortisol was 112 and ACTH was 12. However, I cannot tolorate Prednisone - it has horrendous side effects. I am waiting to see Dr P, but in the meantime I would like to try Nutri adrenal extra.

Has anybody experienced this? I read that like Prednisone it is advisable to take this in the Morning?

I have ordered these tabs from "Nutri".


**I am taking NDT, B12 injections, Q10 and ferritin folate as well.

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Why are they low? Have you had a pituitary evaluation? With low ACTH and low Cortisol, it means pituitary issues/damage. I would surely not trust an over the counter supplement, that doesn't contain hormones, to work here..very dangerous potentially. You could have an Adrenal Crisis without enough this point!


Hi faith63,

Thks for your reply. The problem is that I cannot get a pituity evaluation unless its private. Whicich, I cannot afford at the moment. Going down the NHS route via GP is useless. My results, believe it or not ar "normal!"

Have you any advice? I am waiting to see Dr P but thats months of yet...

I cannot take Prednisone - the side effects are horrendous.


If you have a low ACTH and low Cortisol, that isn't normal, but doctors don't know how to read the tests. You need to know why. I need to see a Pituitary Specialist myself. Did you have an ACTH stim done? I understand you may not get proper help for this in the UK.


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