Addison's disease

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What is Addison's disease?

Addison's disease, a primary hypofunction syndrome, is an insidious, usually progressive hypofunctioning of the adrenal cortex. It is characterized by hypotension (low blood pressure), weight loss, anorexia, weakness, and sometimes a bronze-like melanotic hyperpigmentation of the skin.

Common symptoms reported by people with Addison's disease

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 Addison's disease

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

(Cortef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Addison's disease (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Addison's disease (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Addison's disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Addison's disease (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with Addison's disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Addison's disease

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

(Cortef)
Perceived effectiveness
for Addison's disease (6 evaluations)
Side effects
elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) heat intolerance 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Addison's disease (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Perceived effectiveness
for Addison's disease (5 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic headaches weight gain
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Addison's disease (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Addison's disease (3 evaluations)
Side effects
edema (fluid retention) elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 4 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Addison's disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
panic attacks
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for Addison's disease (2 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination nervousness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Addison's disease (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
excessive smoking (ie cigarette) insomnia (less than 2 hours sleep) 2 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Addison's disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Addison's disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 10
30s 42
40s 84
50s 67
60s 48
70+ 11
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 24
20-29 years 30
30-39 years 39
40-49 years 39
50-59 years 17
60-69 years 5
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

84% Female
16% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 176
Not Diagnosed 9

These charts show data from Addison's disease patients who have completed their condition history
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