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
10
Tried for
Addison's disease (10)
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
3
Tried for
Addison's disease (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

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

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (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 (5 evaluations)
Side effects
elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) heat intolerance 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Addison's disease (10)
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
elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) fluid retention (edema) 4 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Addison's disease (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (2)
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)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (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 12
30s 46
40s 93
50s 86
60s 54
70+ 14
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 25
20-29 years 31
30-39 years 42
40-49 years 39
50-59 years 20
60-69 years 5
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 49
Female 260

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 194
Not Diagnosed 9

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