Skilled nurse recommend small frequent meals while taking alprazolam.
Skilled nurse encourage patient to rise slowly from supine position and dangle feet prior to standing while taking alprazolam.
Skilled nurse teaches patient to avoid alcohol, smoking, and other cns depressants while taking alprazolam.
Skilled nurse advised patient to avoid activities needing good psychomotor coordination until CNS effect are known while taking alprazolam.
Skilled nurse advised patient that alprazolam may cause physical or psychological dependence.
Skilled nurse advised patient to avoid abrupt discontinuation of alprazolam after prolonged use
Skilled nurse review methods with patient to control excess stress and anxiety
Skilled nurse advised patient to wear medical alert indicating drug therapy (alprazolam)
Instructed in new medication Alprazolam to manage anxiety. In addition, warned of possible S/E such as drowsiness, light-headedness, headache, confusion, tremor, dizziness, syncope, depression, insomnia, memory impairment, nervousness, minor changes in EEG patterns, hypotension, tachycardia, blurred vision, nasal congestion, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, increased salivation, weight gain or loss, muscle rigidity, dermatitis. Avoid hazardous activities that require alertness and good psychomotor coordination until CNS effects of drug are known. Avoid alcohol while taking drug. Smoking may decrease effectiveness of drug. Do not stop using drug abruptly because withdrawal symptoms or seizures may occur.