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What is the most common way to treat adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Adrenal hormones: Adrenal hormones of two types are usually used: 1) glucorticoids such as hydrocortisone, prednisone, dexamethasone: these regulate blood pressure, glucose levels, the immune system among other things 2) mineralocorticoids such as florinef: they regulate salt balance and blood pressure.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 22 years experience
Adrenal insufficient: The primary treatment of adrenal insufficiency is to replace the steroid that is deficient. Depending on whether it is primary or secondary adrenal insufficiency, you may get treated with Hydrocortisone (cortef) Prednisone (deltasone) Prednisolone (delta-cortef) Methylprednisolone (medrol) Dexamethasone (decadron) fludrocortisone.
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Primary vs. scondary: H. Primary adrenal insufficiency is treated with glucocorticoid )hydrocortisone or prednisone) PLUS mineralocorticoid (fludrocortisone). Secondary (central) adrenal insufficiency only needs glucocorticoid replacement. Good luck!

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is one way to treat an adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Steroids: If your adrenals have failed (called addison's disease) you need to be on adrenal replacement. This is usually hydrocortisone, maybe with Fludrocortisone too. Be careful, however. There are people treating "adrenal fatigue" with inadequate testing when in fact there is nothing wrong with the adrenals. One cannot rely on symptoms alone. An acth (cortrosyn) stim test is usually done for diagnosis.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Dr. Kern is right. "Adrenal insufficiency" is a pop fad diagnosis that is given to people who have been abused, are sad, or are having trouble with living situations / living skills. It keeps them coming back instead of getting real life-help that they need. Real adrenal insufficiency / Addison's is rare but is fatal if missed. I hope you have an accurate diagnosis.
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A 52-year-old member asked:

How do you treat adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Meds: It depends on where the problem is. If the adrenal insufficiency is caused by a pituitary dysfunction, then the treatment is steroid (hydrocortisone, prednisone...) if the problem is at the adrenals, then you will need both steroids and a mineralcorticoid (florinef).

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