Suspect medications include chlorpromazine (Thorazine), used to treat schizophrenia; hydralazine (Apresoline
), which treats high blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels; the tuberculosis drug isoniazid; and procainamide (Pronestyl, Procanbid), a drug used to treat abnormal heart rhythms.
Activity orders from the physician were "out of bed to chair as tolerated." Medications that the patient was initially prescribed included Hydralazine (Apresoline
), a direct peripheral vasodilator and Amlodipine (Norvasc), a calcium channel blocker used for vasodilation.
These conditions include cancer, infections, inhaled irritants (asbestosis, silicosis, beryllium, etc.), sarcoidosis, disorders of connective tissue (lupus SLE, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma), and adverse drug reactions (more than 50 drugs can cause fibrosis including 14 chemotherapy agents, sulfa, penicillin, furadantin, hydralazine apresoline
, gold chlorpropamide, allopurinol, hydrochlorthiazide, and dilantin).