Today, the patient was educated regarding risks and benefits of corticosteroid therapy for treatment of his/her disease state. Patient was educated regarding the fact that this medication is an immunosuppressant and reduces the body’s immune response. Patient was educated regarding potential side effects of medication including but not limited to following risks.
Corticosteroids should be avoided during pregnancy
Need Follow ups:
Office visit every 3 months is required along with periodic CBC and CM.
PPD/Chest X-ray before Rx, Hepatitis BB/C test
Pneumonia vaccine every 5 years and yearly flu shot
Annual skin exam looking for any pre-cancerous lesions on the skin
The Corticosteroids are only used for induction of remission for the current inflammatory disease. Use of corticosteroids should be avoided for maintenance of the disease activity. I understand that the medication has potential side effects and required follow-ups. I have been explained the risks, and given opportunity to ask questions. Risks of the active disease outweigh the risks of the medication. I understand and agree to start the medication.
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