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Isocort

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by vamah, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. vamah

    vamah Senior Member

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    Aaaarghhhh. It looks like isocort is not available any more. Anyone know of a site that is still selling it? Or a good alternative to it?
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    stridor Senior Member

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    What you are after is the hydrocortisone component. If you are unable to locate any isocort (weird...my dessicated thyroid dried up this week too) and can not find a Dr to prescribe, you still have access to what you need.

    For weeks, I took hydrocortisone ointment and squirted it into capsules to get what I needed until I found a Dr who "got it". I ran this decision past the people at the Poison Control Centre and they did not have a problem with it. Lots of older folks take "mineral spirits" daily for chronic constipation and it is the same stuff.

    It is a cost-effective way to get your needs met....at least in the short term.
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    perchance dreamer Senior Member

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    I'm in the same boat. I've taken Isocort for years. I really like the flexibility of dosing those tiny pellets allow.

    One thing I'm considering is pregnenolone drops or a transdermal since pregnenolone can convert to cortisol. I'll also ask a compounding pharmacist if he can come up with something comparable to Isocort with a doctor's prescription.
  4. vamah

    vamah Senior Member

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    Hmmmmmmm. Doesn't sound like something I would do. It doesn't work just absorbed through the skin?
    @stridor
  5. vamah

    vamah Senior Member

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    I'm hoping they are just reformulating or something and it will be back soon.
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    I heard that Isocort is no longer available due to the FDA. It makes sense, because Isocort was essentially the same thing as hydrocortisone. I'm surprised that they were able to sell it for all this time without any trouble.

    The only real substitute for Isocort would be hydrocortisone, since you can take precise doses. There are numerous adrenal cortex glandulars available, but none of them are standardized the way Isocort was. So you never really know how much cortisol will be in each capsule. It might be worth trying though, since there are people who do well with the non-Isocort glandulars.

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