Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Adrenal Gland Failure Diarrhea

Home treatment for diarrhea in someone with Addison's disease includes hydration and dietary therapy.

Hydration
Those who are able to drink liquids can restore lost water and salt with oral rehydration therapy (ORT).

  • Oral rehydration therapy for older children and adults:
    • Drink clear liquids only, such as water, sports drinks (best), fruit juice and dilute tea.
    • Drink small quantities of fluids frequently, such as 2 tablespoons of fluid every 5 minutes.
    • The absence of food allows the intestines to rest.
    • May be able to advance to full liquid diet once symptoms improve
    • Effective to treat mild to moderate dehydration

ORT fluids are usually used in children, but are also effective for adults. These include:
  • Infalyte
  • Lytren
  • Naturalyte
  • Pedialyte
  • Rehydralyte
  • ReVital
  • Generic drugstore brands

Dietary Therapy
ORT is most important if you have vomiting with the diarrhea. Once vomiting and nausea resolves, eat bland foods first. If you tolerate bland food, then you can resume a normal diet.

Foods that may help diarrhea:
  • Applesauce
  • Bananas
  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Noodles
  • Oatmeal
  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Strained carrots
  • Wheat
  • Yogurt

Items that may worsen diarrhea include:
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Concentrated fruit juices
  • High-sugar foods (junk food)
  • Cow's milk
  • Spicy foods
  • Sugar substitutes

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Last Updated: Nov 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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