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What can I do to lower my cortisol level?

Depending on the cause of your excess of cortisol, medical or surgical treatment may be appropriate. The most common cause of too much cortisol is taking medications that contain cortisol. These medicines are usually prescribed for inflammatory problems (e.g. asthma, arthritis), skin disorders (topical steroids/creams), or auto-immune problems (e.g. lupus). The best way to lower your cortisol level in these cases is to work closely with your doctor to only take glucocorticoid-containing medicines when absolutely necessary, take the minimum amount necessary, and to switch, when possible, to non-steroid containing medications that can treat your condition.

Chronic stress, alcohol and caffeine use are all things that can increase your cortisol level. Regular exercise, healthy attitudes and approaches to dealing with stress, and moderation of alcohol and caffeine intake can all lower your cortisol level.

If surgery is required, removal of a tumor in the pituitary gland, removal of an ACTH producing tumor elsewhere in the body, or removal of one and sometimes both of the adrenal glands can take care of excess cortisol levels.

For more information go to endocrinediseases.org: http://endocrinediseases.org/adrenal/cushings_treatment.shtml

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