A 52-year-old male with Addison's disease is receiving discharge instructions related to disease management. During periods of stress, the patient should be instructed to:

Administer intramuscular hydrocortisone.

Explanation

• During high levels of stress, a patient with Addison's disease requires additional glucocorticoid treatment because the body is unable to secrete adequate amounts of cortisol

• Water intake should be increased. However, the priority in this situation is the administration of hydrocortisone

• Potassium chloride should not be taken because the patient is already at risk for hyperkalemia

• Hypoglycemia may occur, but treating the condition would likely prevent this

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