A client requires long-term use of corticosteroids. The nurse explains which of the following is associated with chronic corticosteroid therapy?

  • chronic fever
  • inability to gain weight
  • orthostatic hypotension
  • osteoporosis
Number 4 is correct.
Long-term use of corticosteroids has been associated with osteoporosis. It is also associated with hypertension, hyperglycemia, edema, weight gain, cataracts, and increased risk of infection.