Chronic fatigue syndrome patients can benefit from low doses of steroidsLow doses of hydrocortisone (steroid) can bring slight improvements in some chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) symptoms but that will pose a risk to induce adrenal suppression, as per researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Stephen E. Straus, M.D., Chief of the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at NIAID and Senior Author on the study commented that the kind of suppression in context of the steroid is justified for CFS treatment.

Though the side-effects were found to be risky, there have been perceptions in the medical world that this may be just the perfect launchpad for treating patients with chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms.

Strauss commented that his team is further testing fludrocortisone in 100 patients with CFS and neurally mediated hypotension so that even the risk of adrenal suppression is eliminated.