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Does your weight matter in cortisone dosing?

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Old 12-05-2011, 10:18 AM   #1
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Question Does your weight matter in cortisone dosing?

I had a pituitary tumor hemorrhage about 9 months ago. Didn't get started on hydrocortisone until 3 months later. Once on it I felt better than I had in 20 yrs. We've experimented with my dosage and times during the day taken. But my weight has also gone up and down a lot. Not so much because of the cortisone but because of severe nausea and throwing up until I got the correct diagnosis and was put on the cortisone. So, one of my questions is does what you weigh effect your dosage? If I weigh 220 lbs., would I take the same dosage as I would weighing 120 lbs - all other factors being the same? I don't know how much that matters, but it could explain why I feel better increasing the dose as my weight has gone up. I can eat now! But, I need to get to my healtiest weight. Anyway, thank you for your help. Still trying to figure all of this out.

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Old 01-12-2012, 09:39 PM   #2
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Re: Does your weight matter in cortisone dosing?

Hello, I know it's been a little while since you posted, but I'm new here and to Addison's. I started taking Cortef-30 mg daily (20 in am and 10 in pm).Then another endo moved my pm dose to 5 mg (better for chances at sleeping too). After swelling & vertigo, I'm now on 20 daily (15 in the am & 5 before 4 pm). My endo said that's because of my size (5-5 and 107 lbs). She said I might be able to reduce to 10-5 some day, as it's best to get by on as little as is really needed. Hope that helps!

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