A patient with severe rheumatoid arthritis is prescribed methylprednisolone to control inflammation. The nurse is creating a teaching plan to include common side effects of long-term corticosteroid use. Which of the following should be included?

Peptic ulcer disease
Poor wound healing
Skin atrophy


•Corticosteroids have a number of negative effects on the body's ability to heal and repair.

•Corticosteroid use can cause skin atrophy and thinning, poor wound healing, muscle atrophy, obesity, hyperglycemia, osteoporosis, peptic ulcer disease, hypertension, and cataracts.

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