A patient has been taking naproxen for 6 months for the treatment of tendinitis. The nurse should assess the patient for signs of:


•Naproxen, like all nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID), increases the risk of gastric ulcers and GI bleeds. The nurse should assess for tarry stools, coffee-ground emesis, and signs of anemia (fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, pale skin).

•Hypertension, hyperglycemia, and hypoglycemia are not commonly associated with NSAIDs.

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