Cortisol is not an illegal anabolic steroid used formuscle-building.
It is a steroid that is naturally processed by the body and it isused for treating cancer or some other serious illnesses. It requires full timedoctor supervision in order to heal the disease properly. The most commonones out there on the market are cortisone, Prednisone, methylprednisolone andhydrocortisone. These medications are used to reduce nauseous feelings thatcomes with chemotherapy and radiations and they kill cancer cells and shrinktumors as a part of the chemotherapy.
These steroids also work miracles indecreasing swelling, the reduction of allergic reactions and in lessening headachesassociated with brain tumors. Sometimes they are prescribed to help withsleeping and eating habits, or to just make the patient feel better generally.Cortisol can be taken in the form of an injection, it can be induced intravenously and italso comes in liquid, pill and cream form.
Anabolic steroids can trigger some really extreme sideeffects but that is not really the case with steroids used for medicaltreatments. Side effects are usually mild and they last as long as thetreatment takes place. As soon as the treatment is over, all side effects willdisappear.
Steroids may cause an increase in appetite which may lead to weightgain, most likely in unusual places. Mood swings and vision problems have alsobeen reported in certain cases. A stomach can get upset and may even developulcers, osteoporosis is also possible as well as raised blood pressure.
Increasedlevels of sugar in the blood, even temporary diabetes may occur. Femalepatients may experience irregularities in their menstrual cycles.Sometimes the steroids can cause Cushing syndrome which can be recognized byby increased facial hair, acne and difficulties in fighting infections. Thepatent may not have any side effects at all, and even if they occur, in mostcases the are largely insignificant compared to the benefits of the medication.
One should never stop taking the medication unless advisedto do so by the doctor. The body produces less cortisol while the treatmentlasts and it takes some time to revert back to the normal production levelsagain. If one does not follow these regulations, withdrawal symptoms may be veryserious.
The patient should never leave home without a steroid card and amedical alert bracelet, because in case of emergency, it informs the doctors ofthe patient’s steroid treatment. Doubling up on missed doses is notrecommended.