Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Rhabdomyolysis Treatment

Treatment for rhabdomyolysis depends on the severity of symptoms and the presence of kidney impairment. Treatment usually includes intravenous fluids and diuretic medications. Treatment for severe rhabdomyolysis may include kidney dialysis.

Treatment options for rhabdomyolysis include:

Rhabdomyolysis Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of rhabdomyolysis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having rhabdomyolysis again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Rhabdomyolysis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat rhabdomyolysis:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Rhabdomyolysis References
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