Adrenal insufficiency

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What is adrenal insufficiency?

Adrenal insufficiency, also known as adrenal failure or adrenal crisis is a condition in which the adrenal glands do not produce adequate amounts of steroid hormones.

Common symptoms reported by people with adrenal insufficiency

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with adrenal insufficiency

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cortef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
adrenal insufficiency (14) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
adrenal insufficiency (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
adrenal insufficiency (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with adrenal insufficiency, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with adrenal insufficiency

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cortef)
Perceived effectiveness
for adrenal insufficiency (8 evaluations)
Side effects
elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) feeling tense or on edge 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
adrenal insufficiency (14) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue decreased appetite 6 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Perceived effectiveness
for adrenal insufficiency (2 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
adrenal insufficiency (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
blackouts drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
nightmares
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
adrenal insufficiency (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
lack of motivation memory problems
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2) depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with adrenal insufficiency, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has adrenal insufficiency on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 16
30s 40
40s 52
50s 57
60s 37
70+ 15
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 14
20-29 years 19
30-39 years 27
40-49 years 23
50-59 years 23
60-69 years 5
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 31
Female 191

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 151
Not Diagnosed 1

These charts show data from adrenal insufficiency patients who have completed their condition history
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