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  1. What interventions should the health care professional use when caring for a patient who is taking the drug acetaminophen (Tylenol)?
    • Monitor for early symptoms of overdose or poisoning (abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, sweating, diarrhea); liver damage results in 48 to 72 hr following overdose.
    • Prepare to administer acetylcysteine (Mucomyst, Acetadote) orally or intravenously (IV) to counteract overdose and reduce liver injury.
    • Monitor blood pressure because the drug can cause hypertension particularly in women who take it regularly.
  2. What interventions should the health care professional use when caring for a patient who is taking the uricosuric drug allopurinol (Zyloprim)?
    • Monitor for symptoms of hypersensitivity syndrome (fever, rash, eosinophilia, liver and kidney dysfunction).
    • Stop drug therapy immediately for signs of hypersensitivity syndrome.
    • For vomiting, ensure adequate hydration.
    • Give after meals to prevent gastrointestinal upset.
    • Monitor a patient when ambulating because the drug can cause drowsiness and vertigo.
    • Give a mild analgesic for headache.
    • Monitor complete blood count because the drug can cause agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia, and bone marrow depression.
    • Monitor for unusual (metallic) taste sensations.
    • Recommend regular ophthalmologic examinations because long-term use can cause cataracts.
  3. What interventions should the health care professional use when caring for a patient who is taking the opioid antagonist drug naloxone (Narcan)?
    • Monitor vital signs for expected indications of opioid reversal: increased respiratory rate, blood pressure, and heart rate.
    • Monitor heart rhythm for signs of tachycardia.
    • Have oxygen and resuscitation equipment ready.
    • Expect hypertension, vomiting, and cramping in an opioid-dependent patient.
  4. What interventions should the health care professional use when caring for a patient who is taking the centrally-acting nonopioid drug tramadol (Ultram)?
    What interventions should the health care professional use when caring for a patient who is taking the centrally-acting nonopioid drug tramadol (Ultram)?
  5. What interventions should the health care professional use when caring for a patient who is taking the opioid agonist-antagonist drugs butorphanol (Stadol) and pentazocine (Talwin)?
    • Measure baseline vital signs.
    • Monitor respirations.
    • For respiratory rates below 12/min, withhold the drug and stimulate breathing.
    • Monitor a patient when ambulating due to the risk for sedation, dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, and headache.
    • Consider alternative drug if nausea does not resolve.
    • Do not administer to a patient who has myocardial infarction or cardiac insufficiency due to the risk of increasing the cardiac workload.
    • Ask a patient about opioid use before administration.
  6. What interventions should the health care professional use when caring for a patient who is taking the opioid agonist drugs morphine and meperidine (Demerol)?
    • Monitor vital signs, pulse oximetry, lung sounds to watch for respiratory depression.
    • For respiratory rates below 12/min, withhold the drug and stimulate breathing.
    • Administer an opioid antagonist such as naloxone (Narcan) to restore respiratory rate.
    • Monitor a patient when ambulating because opioids can cause sedation, dizziness, lightheadedness, and drowsiness.
    • Monitor bowel function.
    • Administer fiber supplement and/or stool softeners.
    • For nausea and vomiting, administer an antiemetic and ensure adequate hydration.
    • Monitor blood pressure because opioids can cause orthostatic hypotension.
    • Monitor intake and output, watching for signs of urinary retention, such as bladder distention.
    • Encourage patients to urinate every 4 hr.
    • Prepare to insert a urinary catheter to drain the bladder.
    • Auscultate lung sounds regularly.
    • Encourage a patient (especially postoperatively) to cough frequently to prevent a build-up of respiratory secretion because opioids can suppress coughs.
    • Have suction equipment available.
    • Recommend the lowest possible effective dose and short-term only to prevent abuse.
    • Advise a patient with physical dependence not to discontinue opioids abruptly; taper the dose over 3 days.
  7. What interventions should the health care professional use when caring for a patient who is taking the NSAID (COX-2 inhibitor) celecoxib (Celebrex)?
    • Monitor for and report gastric upset, heartburn, nausea, diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding.
    • Test for and treat Helicobacter pylori infection prior to long-term therapy.
    • For a patient at high risk for gastric bleeding, recommend a proton pump inhibitor.
    • Monitor intake and output; watch for low urine output and fluid retention.
    • Monitor for rapid rises in blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine.
    • Recommend the drug for short periods and in low doses only to prevent cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events.
    • Recommend low-dose aspirin to prevent thromboembolic events.
    • Monitor for signs of myocardial infarction and cerebrovascular accident.
  8. What interventions should the health care professional use when caring for a patient who is taking the NSAIDs (COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitors) aspirin/acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)?
    • Monitor for signs of gastrointestinal bleeding (black or dark-colored stools, abdominal pain, nausea, hematemesis).
    • Test for and treat Helicobacter pylori infection prior to long-term therapy.
    • For a patient at high risk for gastric bleeding, recommend a proton pump inhibitor.
    • Monitor for signs of bleeding (easy bruising, petechiae, excessive bleeding from minor injuries).
    • Monitor intake and output; watch for low urine output and fluid retention.
    • Monitor for rapid rises in blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine.
    • Monitor for sign of salicylism (tinnitus, diaphoresis, headache, dizziness, respiratory alkalosis).
    • Stop aspirin therapy for patients reporting indications of salicylism.
    • Recommend acetaminophen (Tylenol) and not aspirin or NSAIDs for a child or adolescent younger than 19 years old who has a viral infection, particularly chickenpox and influenza, due to the risk for Reye's syndrome.
    • Recommend non-aspirin NSAIDs for short periods and in low doses only.
    • Recommend low-dose aspirin to prevent thromboembolic events.
    • Monitor for signs of myocardial infarction and cerebrovascular accident.
  9. What interventions should the health care professional use when caring for a patient who is taking the glucocorticoid drug prednisone (Deltasone)?
    • Recommend larger dosage during times of illness and stress because the drug can suppress adrenal function.
    • Monitor blood glucose levels for hyperglycemia, especially for a patient who has diabetes mellitus.
    • Adjust dosages of insulin or hypoglycemic drugs accordingly.
    • Recommend the lowest possible effective dose and alternate-day dosing to prevent myopathy and bone loss.
    • Observe for gastrointestinal bleeding (bloody vomitus as well as black, tarry stools) because the drug can cause peptic ulcer disease.
    • Implement gastric protective measures.
    • Give with food or meals.
    • Recommend an analgesic substitute if NSAID is prescribed.
    • Observe for signs of infection that may not include fever or inflammation (sore throat, fatigue, tachycardia, and discharge from a wound).
    • For infection, recommend initiation of appropriate antimicrobial therapy.
    • Monitor intake and output; watch for edema, crackles in the lungs, and unexplained weight gain (hypernatremia).
    • Monitor for generalized weakness (hypokalemia).
    • Monitor for Cushing-like effects: abdominal fat, buffalo hump, and moon face.
    • Determine schedule for regular ophthalmologic examinations because long-term use of the drug can cause cataracts.

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Pharmacology
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