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What are the treatment options for Addison's disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Addison's disease is treated by replacing the hormones that aren't made by the adrenal glands. This is usually done with corticosteroids that must be taken every day for the rest of the person's life. Usually, hydrocortisone or prednisone-two forms of corticosteroids-can be taken by mouth. When people are very sick, corticosteroids and other fluids may be injected at first, but after a while those people are usually able to switch to the tablet form of the medicines. In addition to the hydrocortisone tablets (which help regulate blood sugar), people with Addison's disease often need to take fludrocortisone tablets to control the body's balance of sodium and potassium. Extra doses of these medications may be needed in times of stress.

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