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What is Addison's Disease?

Addison’s disease is a rare disorder of the endocrine or hormone-producing system. It is commonly known as adrenal insufficiency as there is an insufficient production of hormones, such as cortisol and aldosterone from the adrenal glands. Addison’s disease has been known to occur amongst different age groups and can affect both sexes equally.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

Symptoms for Addison disease commonly develop slowly and may include:

What are the main causes?

Addison’s disease is caused due to an insufficient production of hormones, such as cortisol and aldosterone. This usually happens when the cortex of the adrenal glands (glands located on top of the kidneys) is damaged and is therefore termed as primary adrenal insufficiency.

Some of the most common causes of adrenal gland failure are:

  • Bleeding in the adrenal glands.
  • Spread of cancer to the adrenal glands.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Some infections of the adrenal glands caused due to agents, such as fungi, viruses, parasites and bacteria.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Usually, it is difficult to diagnose Addison’s disease in the early stages. However, based on your symptoms and medical history, the doctor will first examine you physically.

Following this, he may suggest certain biochemical laboratory tests to determine the levels of various hormones. You may also be suggested to go for an X-ray of the abdomen and pelvic regions to check for calcium deposition. You may also be suggested to go for adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) stimulation test during which the production of cortisol is checked once the ACTH injection is administered to you to confirm the functioning of the adrenal glands.

Treatment of Addison’s disease broadly involves the following regimens:

  • Oral hormonal therapy, wherein oral drugs replace the hormones that the adrenal glands produce. You could be prescribed oral hydrocortisone tablets or mineralocorticoids.
  • You may also be suggested to take intravenous (administered into the veins) injections of hydrocortisone, which has been found to bring rapid improvement.
  1. Medicines for Addison Disease

Medicines for Addison Disease

Medicines listed below are available for Addison Disease. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
Depo MedrolDepo Medrol 40 Mg/Ml Injection93.0
DepotexDepotex 125 Mg Injection320.0
IvepredIvepred 1000 Mg Injection975.0
MacpredMacpred 4 Mg Tablet36.0
Medrol TabletMedrol 100 Mg Tablet87.0
Mepresso IMepresso I 1000 Mg Injection1034.0
Nucort MNucort M 16 Mg Tablet86.0
Solu MedrolSolu Medrol 1000 Mg Injection1271.0
SterioSterio 16 Mg Tablet126.0
ZempredZempred 16 Mg Tablet86.0
AcepredAcepred 40 Mg Injection60.0
Acto PredActo Pred 16 Mg Tablet120.0
AldicordAldicord 16 Mg Tablet95.0
ApdermApderm 0.10% Cream55.0
CoeloneCoelone 16 Mg Tablet87.0
Delsone MDelsone M 16 Mg Tablet79.0
DepopredDepopred 40 Mg Injection44.0
DeposetDeposet 40 Mg Injection49.0
DuraloneDuralone 16 Mg Tablet150.0
GrafmetGrafmet 500 Mg Injection666.0
LomicortLomicort 4 Mg Tablet37.0
LyopredLyopred 1000 Mg Injection995.0
Mega PredMega Pred 16 Mg Tablet110.0
MelpredMelpred 16 Mg Tablet100.0
MelsoneMelsone 16 Mg Tablet80.0
MepressoMepresso 1000 Mg Injection1034.0
Mepresso DMepresso D 40 Mg Injection31.0
Mepresso TMepresso T 16 Mg Tablet86.0
MepsonateMepsonate 125 Mg Injection238.0
MethoneMethone 16 Mg Tablet135.0
Monocortil MMonocortil M 16 Mg Tablet120.0
MpMp 1 Gm Injection952.0
MpredniMpredni 16 Mg Tablet117.0
MypredMypred 125 Mg Injection228.0
NupredNupred 16 Mg Tablet100.0
Orapred MOrapred M 4 Mg Tablet44.0
Ph MpaPh Mpa 0.1% Ointment80.0
Prascha MpPrascha Mp 16 Mg Tablet90.0
PredacePredace 1% Drop10.0
PredmetPredmet 10 Mg Drop18.0
PredsolePredsole 16 Mg Tablet98.0
PrelidPrelid 16 Mg Tablet99.0
PremisolPremisol 125 Mg Injection245.0
RednisolRednisol 16 Mg Tablet64.0
SanipredSanipred 1000 Mg Injection1200.0
SoftcorSoftcor 0.10% Cream85.0
Softcor MpSoftcor Mp 0.1% Cream95.0
SteronexSteronex 1000 Mg Injection1046.0
SuccimedSuccimed 125 Mg Injection238.0
CortipilCortipil 4 Mg Tablet39.0
GemdrolGemdrol 4 Mg Tablet13.0
MdcortMdcort Tablet133.0
MecortMecort Tablet25.0
MepredMepred 1000 Iu Injection1050.0
MeprestarMeprestar 4 Mg Tablet49.0
Mpa(Phc)Mpa Cream80.0
NicortNicort 16 Mg Tablet44.0
PilsonePilsone 16 Mg Tablet51.0
PrashchampPrashchamp 4 Mg Tablet28.0
Precort MPrecort M 8 Mg Tablet59.0
StirioStirio 4 Mg Tablet37.0
WinloneWinlone 16 Mg Tablet145.0
FloricotFloricot 100 Mcg Tablet126.27
MinocortMinocort Tablet105.0
Dr. Reckeweg Adrenalium DilutionAdrenalinum Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg R19Reckeweg R19 Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R20Reckeweg R20 Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R63Reckeweg R63 Impaired Circulation Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R83Reckeweg R83 Food Allergy Drop230.0
Dr. Reckeweg R84Reckeweg R84 Inhalent Allergy Drop230.0
Dr. Reckeweg R85Reckeweg R85 High Blood Pressure Drop230.0
Dr. Reckeweg R86Reckeweg R86 Low Blood Sugar Drop230.0

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