Metolazone is used to treat fluid retention (edema) in people with congestive heart failure, or a kidney disorder such as nephrotic syndrome. Metolazone is also used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Possible side effects to be aware of include low potassium, headache, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness and blurred vision.
Instructed patient on new medication Sulindac. Sulindac may also be used for purposes not listed. Sulindac can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Even people without heart disease or risk factors could have a stroke or heart attack while taking this medicine. You should not use sulindac if you are allergic to it, or if you have ever had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction after taking aspirin or an NSAID. Patient verbalized understanding.
Instructed patient on new medication Sulindac. Sulindac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Sulindac works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Sulindac is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, tendinitis, bursitis, or gout. Patient verbalized understanding.
Patient instructed Protonix (pantoprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Take once daily in the morning with or without food. Common Protonix side effects may include: headache, dizziness; stomach pain, gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; joint pain; or fever, rash, or cold symptoms. Instructed to notify prescriber if unusual or bothersome side effects occur or medication is not effective.
Patient instructed on new medication Abilify. Abilify is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder (manic depression). It is also used together with other medicines to treat major depressive disorder in adults. May be taken with or without food, take at the same time daily. Do not stop abruptly or change dosage without consulting prescriber. Notify prescriber if unusual or bothersome side effects occur.
SN instructed patient and caregiver that Diazepam can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse. This high risk benzodiazepine should never be taken more frequently or in higher doses than prescribed due to risk of overdose. S/s overdose include dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, lethargy and respiratory depression and even death in severe cases, especially when combined with EtOH or opiates. Patient and caregiver state they will only administer this medication as prescribed.
SN instructed patient and caregiver on medication diazepam, explained that this should be used during times of anxiety. Advised it can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion, it increases the patient fall risk as well. Both parties verbalized understanding.
SN instructed patient on importance of pain management. Take pain medication as ordered. Do not wait for pain to become severe. If your pain is not controlled and you are taking your medication as prescribed contact your doctor or nurse. Do not take your medication more often than prescribed without talking with your physician. Patient verbalized instruction.
Patient instructed on safety with medications to include: do not stop or adjust medications without consulting prescriber, store medications in a cool/dry place, keep medications out of reach of children, do not remove prescription labels or mix multiple medications in one bottle.
SN instructed patient about type 2 diabetes and to use oral hypoglycemics long term. Oral hypoglycemics are anti-diabetic drugs designed to help people with type 2 diabetes manage their condition. You should not stop eating a healthy diet and doing regular exercise, and your healthcare professional should be able to teach you how to get the balance right. Testing blood sugar regularly, eating well and exercising daily are all important aspects of diabetes management.