A 59-year-old woman has presented to a clinic requesting a prescription for lorazepam (Ativan) in order to treat her recurrent anxiety. Her care provider, however, believes that a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) would be more appropriate. What advantage do SSRIs have over benzodiazepines in the treatment of anxiety?
A. SSRIs have a more rapid therapeutic effect.
B. SSRIs require administration once per week, versus daily or twice daily with benzodiazepines.
C. SSRIs generally have fewer adverse effects.
D. SSRIs do not require serial blood tests during therapy.
A 64-year-old-patient has been prescribed lorazepam (Ativan) because of increasing periods of anxiety. The nurse should be careful to assess for
A. a history of current or past alcohol use.
B. a diet high in fat.
C. current nicotine use.
D. a diet high in carbohydrates.
Which of the following would be an expected outcome in a patient who has been given atropine during a medical emergency?
A. Restoration of normal sinus rhythm
B. Resolution of respiratory acidosis
C. Reduction of severe hypertension
D. Increased level of consciousness
A trauma patient has been receiving frequent doses of morphine in the 6 days since his accident. This pattern of analgesic administration should prompt the nurse to carefully monitor the patient’s
A. bowel patterns.
B. urine specific gravity.
C. skin integrity.
D. core body temperature.