What is included in patient education about vasculitis?

Updated: Dec 10, 2018
  • Author: Nadia Jennifer Chiara Luca, MD; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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Patients receiving corticosteroids should be advised of possible side effects, including weight gain, sleep disturbance, hirsutism, glucose intolerance, and hypertension.

Patients receiving immunosuppressive agents should be instructed to seek medical attention with any sign of infection.

Patients taking methotrexate should avoid alcohol and other hepatotoxic substances.

Discussion of adequate birth control measures with patients of childbearing age is necessary if they are treated with teratogenic medications (eg, methotrexate, warfarin).


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