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What is addison's disease. What are the treatment available?

Hello , I would love to know a couple things about the Addison s Disease because i m from a country where the doctors often do not know any better than the patients .. The most important question would be about the treatment of the disease .The doctors said that i need to take cortisone for my whole life . I agree that this could be a treatment but a dangerous one (cortisone is known to be a really strong medicine , so i m afraid about it). Is there any other treatment ? If not , what are the side-effects of taking cortisone for a whole life ? Thank you !
Asked On : Thu, 31 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
thank you.
it is the failure of the adrenal gland to secrete hormone(glucocorticoid,mineralocorticoid & androgen) from it.
it may be occurred due to many causes.
replacement therapy of the deficient hormone is mandatory.
though there are many side effects of long term use of cortisone,you have to take it.
the common side effects of steroid are hypertension,diabetes mellitus,osteoporosis,tendency to infection,gastric problem etc.
regular check up will help you to prevent the side effects.
take care.
Answered: Fri, 1 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician, Critical Care Dr. Tejas Shah's  Response
Thanks for posting your query here.

Addison's disease is a disease affecting Adrenal gland (situated just above kidneys on either side) and produce variety of chemicals called hormones. We all need hormones as they have important role to play. Amount and production/release of hormones is tightly regulated by centres in brain.

In Addison's disease - hormones normally released by Adrenals are not released. It is similar to Diabetes in sense that Insulin is not released in adequate amount and hence we get Diabetes.

Treatment is replacing these chemicals which are missing in your body. Dose of these medicines need to adjusted by regular blood tests so as not to under-dose or over-dose than required. Treatment is life-long.

As far as I am aware, there is no other treatment.

This is a very informative leaflet which will give you more idea about the disease -

All the best

Hope that I've answered your queries


Dr Tejas Shah

Critical Care Specialist
Answered: Thu, 31 Jan 2013
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