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What to do in an emergency

By:  Katherine White   Sunday, 10. December 2006

In an emergency, anyone with Addison’s disease can experience symptoms of extreme weakness, a serious drop in blood pressure and mental confusion.  This means they need extra steroid medication immediately, and may need an emergency injection. 


As a general rule, an Addisonian should give themselves an emergency injection of 100mg hydrocortisone sodium (Efcortesol or Solu-Cortef) if they vomit more than once.

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