marianco---adrenal fatigue

Discussion in 'Men's Health Forum' started by mxim, Mar 18, 2006.

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    mxim Junior Member

    are you saying a longer acting stimulant would protect me from potential adrenal fatigue ? is it only seen with short acting drugs like ritalin? can using these drugs cause PERMANANT damade to the adrenal glands?
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    pmgamer18 Junior Member

    I have been on Concerta since the drug came out and I have no problems.
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    marianco Doctor of Medicine

    Adrenal Fatigue and Stimulants

    Would you please point to the post where you came to your conclusion? Thanks.

    All stimulants (both short and long-acting) demand more output from the adrenal glands. One metaphoric way of looking at this issue is that the adrenal glands are like the engine of a car. Using a stimulant is like pressing the accelerator pedal of the car.

    All stimulants can eventually wear down the adrenal glands causing adrenal fatigue. Longer-acting stimulants can also cause adrenal fatigue. However, because the peak blood levels are lower, there is a lower risk of doing so. However the higher dose dose, the higher the risk of adrenal fatigue.

    I do not know if they can cause permanent damage to the adrenal glands. I have yet to see a case of that in my more than 15 years of practice.

    Total failure of the adrenal glands - an Addison's Disease crisis - quickly causes death (in about a day) since cortisol is absolutely necessary for life.

    I haven't seen cases of Addison's disease (severe adrenal insufficiency) in patients treated appropriately with stimulants.

    (reposted in adrenal thread)
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    mxim Junior Member

    afrer reading the post about ritalin,i was under the impression that all stimulants cause adrenal fatigue,you never made that assertion. thanks marianco.

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