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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for addison's disease?

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No, don't skip meds: Addison's disease is serious; represents adrenal failure (lack of glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids & sex hormones.) without these important hormones you have trouble with glucose metabolism, stress, severe fatigue, sodium & potassium balance, immune response, sexual development, sex drive. It's important to know why the adrenals are not functioning. Meds are prescription & taken for life.

Answered 9/9/2014

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No: Addison's disease is when your adrenal glands stop making a life-necessary hormone called, cortisol. Medication like this hormone are prescribed to replace what the adrenals no longer make and are usually taken orally. Such medication would be hydrocortisone, prednisone, or dexamethasone. Sometimes Hydrocortisone has to be taken by injection, but this is usually for emergencies.

Answered 1/27/2017

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Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi answered

Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology

No: The daily replacement hormones --- the steroids like hydrocortisone, fludrocortisone, prednisone, etc are given orally and only available by prescription. The emergency use steroid is in injectable form and is also obviously not otc.

Answered 3/21/2015

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