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 for Addison's disease

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

(Cortef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
230
Tried for
Addison's disease (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Prednisone Intensol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
113
Tried for
Addison's disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
159
Tried for
Addison's disease (3)

Data from patients with Addison's disease, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (1 evaluation)
Side effects
elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) heat intolerance 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Addison's disease (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Prednisone Intensol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Addison's disease (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness with hypotension upon standing elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 6 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Addison's disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
weight gain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Addison's disease (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Addison's disease, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has Addison's disease on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 234 say Addison's disease is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 16
30s 49
40s 101
50s 113
60s 81
70+ 19
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 27
20-29 years 30
30-39 years 45
40-49 years 40
50-59 years 22
60-69 years 5
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 63
Female 319

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 203
Not Diagnosed 9

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