Can I take oral hydrocortisone if I'm pregnant?

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding before taking oral hydrocortisone (Cortef). There haven't been adequate studies to determine whether this prescription medication is safe for a developing fetus or a nursing baby.

Oral hydrocortisone is mainly used to relieve inflammation in a variety of conditions, including skin disorders, certain forms of arthritis and asthma. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, your doctor will help you weigh the benefits of oral hydrocortisone against its potential risks.

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