Cortisol is a steroid hormone or a glucocorticoid, and the use of these terms are interchangeable

For pituitary patients with secondary adrenal insufficiency, either as a direct result of the mass effects of the pituitary tumour or as a side effect of treatment (e.g. surgery, radiotherapy), steroid replacement therapy is generally lifelong and essential for life.

Cortisol is commonly known as the “stress hormone”, as the amount of cortisol in the blood raises to combat stressful events. People with adrenal insufficiency need to learn to adjust their steroid dosages in times of physical and mental stress.

For details on steroid replacement therapy and hydrocortisone emergency kit with step by step instructions please download our information booklet “Hydrocortisone advice for patients”.

Emergency Document
Available to download as a Word document for you to fill in your own details including next of kin contact details, medical history and medication list.
Keep it at home and in your car, and with your emergency injection kit.

Hydrocortisone Emergency Kit
Everyone on steroid replacement therapy needs to have a hydrocortisone emergency kit. All you need is a small soap box sized Tupperware, clearly labelled for emergencies.
Ask your endocrine nurse to help you set this up and show you and your family how to use it in an adrenal crisis.