During times of illness and injury, people who don't have adrenal insufficiency naturally produce up to 10X the normal amount of cortisol. This extra cortisol is needed because the body must work harder to maintain it’s normal functions until the illness has passed or the injury has been treated so that it is no longer causing extra stress on the body.
Since those with adrenal insufficiency can’t produce enough cortisol to begin with, an immediate additional dose of (cortisol) Solu-Cortef® is necessary to prevent an adrenal crisis. An adrenal crisis can lead to shock, heart failure, disability and even death. Until the cortisol levels are increased so the body is able to maintain its functions, no other treatment will be effective.