The nurse is caring for a group of patients with a variety of GI problems. Which factor can influence the occurence of both diarrhea and constipation?
A. increased metabolic rate
B. high solute tube feedings
C. side effects of medications
D. inability to perceive bowel cues
Side effects of medications
Rationale: medications, depending on their physiologic action, side effects, and toxic effects, can cause either constipation or diarrhea.