A patient has been prescribed trazodone for the treatment of depression. To manage this medication's most common side effect, the nurse should instruct the patient to take this medication:
•Trazodone most commonly causes drowsiness and should be taken at bedtime to avoid daytime drowsiness.
•Due to this common side effect, trazodone is commonly used to treat insomnia.
•Antacids should not be taken with medications as they may diminish absorption.
•Trazodone can be taken with food or milk to decrease GI upset.
A patient is admitted to the hospital for overdose of lorazepam. The nurse should expect the physician to order the administration of:
A patient is prescribed zolpidem for the treatment of insomnia. The nurse should instruct the patient to:
A patient is admitted to the psychiatric unit after a suicide attempt. The nurse plans to write a suicide prevention contract. To promote compliance and build a trusting relationship with the patient, the contract should:
A nurse is gathering pertinent health history on a patient. The patient informs the nurse that she takes atomoxetine. The nurse understands that this drug is used in the treatment of:
The nurse is caring for a 40-year-old woman complaining of the sudden onset of numbness and tingling in her legs and difficulty standing. She has been informed that there is no physical basis for her symptoms. Which of the following depicts her present complaints?
A patient is administered chlorpromazine for acute psychosis. The nurse should be alert for which potential side effect?
A patient prescribed to alprazolam needs patient education. The nurse explains that this medication is used to treat:
A patient is admitted to the psychiatric unit for acute agitation and anxiety. The physician orders a long-acting benzodiazepine. The nurse expects to administer which of the following?
The nurse is providing instructions to a patient taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) for depression. The nurse should include which of the following precautions?
The nurse is assessing an aggressive and short tempered man that became a city champion boxer. Which of the following defense mechanisms is he using?
A patient with antisocial personality disorder suddenly gets angry at a staff nurse for preventing her from entering the staff lounge. How should the nurse respond?