Final Project- Pharmacology Essay

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HS140 Week 9 Final Project
Please answer the following case study questions using the knowledge gained in this course. Remember to cite your references in APA format. Answer the questions in complete sentences and spell-check your Assignment. Each question is worth 4 points.
Case 1
A patient calls the physician’s office because she is concerned that her prescription medication looks different from what she normally takes. She mentions that her co-pay was lower too.
1. What are some initial questions you should ask the patient to gather information the physician might need? I would ask the patient what is the name of the drug on her medication bottle and what she was taking them for. I would also ask what color, shape, size
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2. The patient has been taking 3x the recommended dose of Pepto-Bismol. You mention this to the patient and she does not seem concerned. She claims she needs to take more than normal because she is always constipated. What might be some original causes of her constipation that are leading her to become constipated prior to starting the Pepto-Bismol?
The major leading cause of constipation would be from the pain medication she is taking. This is a side effect from pain medications.

3. What are you views of her opinion to take Pepto-Bismol for constipation?
Pepto-Bismol is made to help relieve upset stomach, heartburn, indigestion, nausea and diarrhea. This is not used for constipation and is making it worse by using this drug.

4. What might some other options be? The patient can increase dietary fiber and exercise when taking pain medication for long periods of time. The patient can take laxatives and stool softeners to reduce constipation.

5. The patient claims that you should not be concerned because Pepto-Bismol is “not really even medicine.” What is your response? Regardless if the drug is OTC or a prescription, they are all medications. OTC is FDA approved and safe for consumers to buy without a written prescription from the physician. The medication still needs to be used careful and to follow all directions and proper dosage. There are still side effects and can cause overdose like any other drug or medication. Pepto-Bismol