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How is Addison's disease treated?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Since Addison's disease causes the adrenal glands to stop making certain chemicals and hormones, most medications work by replacing those substances. Addison's disease affects corticosteroid production, so hydrocortisone and prednisone are two of the most common corticosteroids used to treat Addison's disease. Both of these medications help the body regulate blood sugar and maintain blood pressure. Fludrocortisone is anther corticosteroid used to treat Addison's disease because it helps the body control levels of sodium and potassium. These medications are taken in specific doses and at specific times-usually in the morning-to mimic the amount and timing of the natural production of these substances.

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