A patient recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism is receiving instructions from the nurse. The nurse should encourage the patient to

eat a high-calorie diet and get adequate sleep

Explanation

• Patients with hyperthyroidism suffer from an increased metabolic rate. A high-calorie diet and adequate sleep is recommended.

• Abruptly stopping medication can result in a thyroid storm.

• Stimulants should be avoided due to the effects of hyperthyroidism (for instance, insomnia).

• Sedatives are not contraindicated with hyperthyroidism.

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