Advanced Pharmacology | NURS 6521 – Advanced Pharmacology | Walden University
Based on the patient’s symptoms and medical history, my diagnosis for this patient is gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the intestines caused by a virus, bacteria, or parasite. The patient’s history of drug abuse and possible Hepatitis C makes them more susceptible to contracting an infection.
The appropriate treatment for this patient would include hydration therapy in order to avoid dehydration due to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. To relieve nausea and vomiting, antiemettics such as Ondansetron or Prochlorperazine may be recommended. The treatment for diarrhea can include Loperamide.
Important to mention that this patient is taking Synthroid and Nifedipine. Loperamide, Prochlorperazine, and Nifedipine can both interact. The dosages should therefore be modified. It is also important to monitor the patient’s liver function as some medications can be hepatotoxic and can aggravate the patient’s Hepatitis C condition.
I recommend this drug therapy plan because it targets the underlying cause of the patient’s symptoms and provides symptomatic relief. The drugs chosen have minimal interactions with the patient’s current medications and have a good safety profile. The patient will be well supported during treatment by hydration therapy, monitoring liver function and having their support.
Gastroenteritis, a common GI disorder, requires careful assessment and treatment. Advanced practice nurses are able to effectively treat the condition and increase the quality of the patient’s life by prescribing the appropriate medication.