Re: Questions for people taking hydrocortisone
"1) How much do you take and for how long?
A close friend is only taking roughly 7.5mg but she takes > 50mg pregnenolone, some progesterone cream and supplements with nice results. She also takes various calming amino acids--glutamine, GABA etc and has gone through a few years of heavy metal detox--Cutler.
Don't forget to learn about stress dosing.
"2) How much did you improve? And how ill you were when startng it?
She started on preg before starting HC. Preg honestly had a bigger impact, including a clearer head, especially in times of stress.
She had a long history of PTSD, probably more secondary AF/AI than primary.
It kicked in within a day.
She gained a very strange 15lbs around the middle when she was on 12.5mg HC. It was not easy to loose the weight even at the lower dose of HC and with regular exercise and very good diet. Some people report this.
"3) The state improved immediately after starting HC or it took some time?
There are some really heart warming stories of people's lives changed almost overnight after they started on HC. There are also some really nice stories of autistic kids who responded well to adrenal cortex glandular.
"4) Do you experince side effects?
"5) If you had insomnia is sleep better after HC? (I have horrible total insomnia for 7 years and I use Remeron for sleep)
Her's had improved nicely with some combo of Mg, melatonin, theanine, 5htp, careful diet in the evening, etc.
Beware that some people with adrenaline surges might have to start with with very low HC doses and work up over the course of weeks. Honestly I think people should also be considering some preg, ACE and other supplements. Just using HC seems too simplistic.
"6) What was your serum cortisol when starting?
I assume you are referring to an AM blood test. My friend's was normal, so was her AM saliva cortisol. However her saliva cortisol was low the remainder of the day! She was at her best in the morning but was dragging and foggy the remainder of the day.
Some people in the Yahoo heavy metal detox groups start with HC cream as a trial. A Cutler has some tips in his AI book for doing that to encourage a doctor to get on board. He also has info on appropriate testing.