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Addison’s Disease / Hypocorticism / Hypocortisolism / Adrenal Insufficiency

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Treatment and Prognosis

Treatment for Addison’s disease involves taking cortisol hormones  in the form of medications or injections.

Cortisol - replaced by hydrocortisone (Cortef), prednisone, cortisone acetate

Aldosterone –replaced by Fludrocortisone (Florinef)

If the condition is Secondary, then the underlying problem has to be addressed.

Prognosis

Despite individual differences the overall prognosis for individuals with Addison’s disease is quite good providing the patient  closely co ordinates with his doctor and adjusts his medications according to his need. Routine monitoring and follow up is absolutely necessary. Extra caution must be exercised when an affected individual falls ill, becomes pregnant, or undergoes a surgery.

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