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
12
Tried for
adrenal insufficiency (12) 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)

(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)

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

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)

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 (7 evaluations)
Side effects
elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) feeling tense or on edge 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
adrenal insufficiency (12) 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)

(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)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy inability to experience pleasure (anhedonia)
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
blackouts drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (3 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia irritability
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
fatigue (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
  • 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 15
30s 34
40s 50
50s 50
60s 32
70+ 11
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 14
20-29 years 18
30-39 years 26
40-49 years 22
50-59 years 21
60-69 years 3
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 27
Female 170

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 143
Not Diagnosed 2

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