Please Print and carry this steroid card with you in case you become unwell. Cards may be available from your pharmacy.
All patients with primary adrenal insufficiency, such as those with Addison’s disease, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and hypothalamo-pituitary damage from tumours or surgery, are steroid dependent.
Some patients who take oral, inhaled or topical steroids for other medical conditions may develop secondary adrenal insufficiency and be steroid dependent
Omission of steroids for patients with adrenal insufficiency can lead to adrenal crisis; a medical emergency which if left untreated can be fatal.
Patients with adrenal insufficiency require higher doses of steroids if they become acutely ill or are subject to major body stressors, such as from trauma or surgery, to prevent an adrenal crisis.