• Blood dyscrasias

• Nephrotoxicity (kidney)

It is critical that the patient be given information on the management of his or her condition. These instructions include:

• Take all the medication even after the symptoms subside.

• Do not take medication that is left over from a previous illness. (The medication may not treat the patient's condition or may have lost its therapeutic capabilities.)

• Do not share drinks, food, and utensils with others until the healthcare provider determines that the patient is no longer infected by the microbial. Sharing may enable the microbial to spread to other people.

• Recognize the expected effects, side effects, and adverse reactions that might occur as a result of taking the medication. Also provide the patient with a telephone number to call if the patient has questions about these effects.

• Wear a Med-alert bracelet if the patient has allergies to medication.

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