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Information about Cortisol

A hormone made by the adrenal cortex (the outer layer of the adrenal gland). It helps the body use glucose (a sugar), protein, and fats. Cortisol made in the laboratory is called hydrocortisone.

Clinical use of Cortisol

It is used to treat many conditions, including inflammation, allergies, and some cancers. Cortisol is a type of glucocorticoid hormone. Cortisone (kor' ti sone) is a short acting glucocorticoid that is used for therapy of adrenal insufficiency and for treatment of allergic and inflammatory conditions. 

Dosage and administration for Cortisol

Cortisone is available in generic forms in tablets of 25 mg, which is considered a daily physiologic dose in adults. 

Mechanism of action of Cortisol

Cortisone has both glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid properties.

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