All of us here at Addison remember hearing those words from our vet. Sometimes they brought up feelings of sadness or fear, occasionally relief to know what's going on. Let's start with a brief overview of Addison's disease. Then the vet starts talking about mineralo-somethings and prednisone and DOCP and daily this and monthly that and soon your head is swimming. It is the common name for hypoadrenocorticism, or adrenal insufficiency. It is a disease with symptoms that are common in many other ailments, making diagnosis difficult and sometimes a process of elimination. But once Addison's is correctly diagnosed, a properly treated dog can live a normal active life. The adrenal, one on each kidney, is made up of two layers, the cortex and the medulla. The outer area, or cortex, secretes corticosteriod hormones such as cortisol and aldosterone. Prescribed for Hemorrhoids, Anal Itching, Proctitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Pruritus, Dermatitis, Eczema, Intertrigo, Skin Rash, Aphthous Stomatitis - Recurrent, Gingivitis, Psoriasis, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Ulcerative Colitis - Active. hydrocortisone topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. " Prescribed for Hemorrhoids, Anal Itching, Proctitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Pruritus, Dermatitis, Eczema, Intertrigo, Skin Rash, Aphthous Stomatitis - Recurrent, Gingivitis, Psoriasis, Seborrheic... more Prednisone effectively controls inflammation and an overactive immune system but may not be suitable for everybody. Long-term use is limited by potentially severe side effects such as adrenal suppression and an increased risk of infection. Prednisone should always be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Prescribed for Inflammatory Conditions, Allergic Reactions, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Adrenocortical Insufficiency, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, Adrenogenital Syndrome, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Asthma, Nephrotic Syndrome, Pharyngitis, Pemphigus, Pemphigoid, Osteoarthritis, Neurosarcoidosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Mycosis Fungoides, Polymyositis/Dermatomyositis, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Lymphoma, Ulcerative Colitis - Active, Loeffler's Syndrome, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Psoriasis, Tuberculous Meningitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, Lichen Planus, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Sinusitis, Skin Rash, Synovitis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic Sclerosis, Thrombocytopenia, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, Tuberculosis - Extrapulmonary, Lichen Sclerosus, Iritis, Leukemia, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, Allergic Rhinitis, Aspiration Pneumonia, Atopic Dermatitis, Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, Berylliosis, Bullous Pemphigoid, Bursitis, Chorioretinitis, Cluster Headaches, Cogan's Syndrome, Conjunctivitis - Allergic, COPD, Corneal Ulcer, Crohn's Disease - Acute, Dermatomyositis, Keratitis, Herpes Zoster Iridocyclitis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Iridocyclitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Immunosuppression, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, Hypercalcemia of Malignancy, Herpes Zoster, Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, Graft-versus-host disease, Gouty Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Erythroblastopenia, Epicondylitis - Tennis Elbow, Eczema, Uveitis - Posterior.
Are there any guidelines as to when one is used versus another. Prednisone is 4 to 5 times more potent than hydrocortisone and has a longer duration of. Short-acting products such as hydrocortisone are the least potent. Prednisone and methylprednisolone, which are intermediate-acting products, are. risk versus benefit should be reassessed if osteoporosis develops; elderly.