A client with severe arthritis has been receiving maintenance therapy of prednisone (Deltasone) 10 mg/day for the past 6 weeks. The nurse should instruct the client to immediately report symptoms of:
1. Respiratory infection.
2. Joint pain.
4. Joint swelling.
Clients receiving chronic steroid therapy can become immunosuppressed and are prone to infections. Signs of infection can also be masked with prednisone. Signs and symptoms of infection should be reported immediately. Joint pain, constipation, and joint swelling are not related to the adverse effects of steroid therapy.
CN: Pharmacological and parenteral therapies; CL: Synthesize