What is the cortisol pump?
Basically, the cortisol pump is a repurposed insulin pump that delivers solu-cortef instead of insulin.
The use of solu-cortef (injectable version of cortisol when mixed with saline) is placed in an insulin pump that is programmed to disperse cortisol according to circadian rhythm dosing by programming rates of basal delivery into the pump. The pump also has options to bolus for stress dosing.
This helps adrenal patients maintain better control of their cortisol levels by allowing them to get cortisol quicker instead of waiting until steroid pills metabolize through the stomach and finally enter the bloodstream.
This therapy bypasses the gastric system and is able to deliver cortisol in a more consistent way. With a pump, an adrenal insufficient patient can receive a constant supply of cortisol and will not suffer the ups and downs with oral cortisol replacement tablets. They are able to sleep through the night without having to wake up to take steroid pills.
This can be of great benefit to adrenal patients who are hypermetabolizers of cortisol. Some patients have to take medications more frequently than others due to their body’s high cortisol clearance rate. The pump is a great asset to these patients because they are no longer forced to take pills every couple of hours around the clock.
Side effects due to mal-absorption can be decreased and patients have been reported to have improved sleep, weight management, gastric issues and experience an overall improvement in their energy levels and sense of well-being as opposed to taking steroid tablets.
For more information on the medical information visit his website-http://www.cahisus.co.uk/pdf/USING%20THE%20PUMP%20METHOD%20IN%20ADDISON%27S.pdf
The pump is not a cure for adrenal disease and is difficult to obtain. This treatment is relatively an unknown in the United States and this foundation is actively working to raise awareness on this alternative treatment to managing adrenal insufficiency.
It is a difficult process but it IS POSSIBLE! For more information please read our article on HOW TO GET ON THE CORTISOL PUMP.
If you feel you could benefit from the cortisol pump, speak with your endocrinologist but be prepared to hear “NO.”
Don’t lose heart!
There are doctors in the USA who will manage this treatment and we hope to continue raising awareness so that one day it will be as available to adrenal patients as it is to diabetics.
We’re here to lead all adrenal patients to every adrenal alternative!