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What do I need to know about caring for someone with Addison's disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Caring for someone with Addison's disease mostly requires simply keeping a watchful eye. Make sure that the person with Addison's disease is taking the correct doses of medication at the correct time of day. Also, be on the lookout for signs of an Addisonian crisis, also called acute adrenal failure. These symptoms may include severe vomiting and diarrhea, severe back or leg pain, and loss of consciousness. If these symptoms occur in someone with Addison's disease, it's important to get medical attention right away.

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