Endocrinology Question 22 Instructor

How do you counsel patients with Addison’s disease? List 5 items.

  • It is very important to take your medications (cortef, florinef) every day
  • If you get sick:
    • Double or triple your dose of cortef until you are well
    • See a doctor if you still need a higher dose after 3-5 days
  • If you cannot keep medications down despite Gravol, go to emergency room for intravenous steroids
  • Get a Medic Alert bracelet
    • High dose of steroids will be needed for bad accidents or surgery
  • Fill a prescription for injectable dexamethasone and needles if going to remote areas

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