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


• Naproxen, like all nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), increases the risk of gastric ulcers and GI bleeds.

• The nurse should assess for signs of any GI bleeding such as tarry stools, coffee-ground emesis, or signs of anemia (fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, and pale skin).

Incorrect options:

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

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