NSG 6005 Week 6 Discussion Question.docx - Mike is a 46-year-old who presents with a complaint of \u201cheartburn\u201d for 3 months The pain is described as

NSG 6005 Week 6 Discussion Question.docx - Mike is a...

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Mike is a 46-year-old who presents with a complaint of “heartburn” for 3 months. The pain is described as a burning sensation within the epigastric region that improves with antacid use or drinking milk. He has intermittently been taking over-the-counter (OTC) famotidine or ranitidineover the past 2 months, but symptoms persist. Admits to a 6 lb weight lost since last visit. Other than a positive serum Helicobacter pylori test, his examination is unremarkable.What would you prescribe initially?Before prescribing medications, I would like to know Mike’s allergy history. It is also important to know his social history to learn if he is a smoker or drinks alcohol. This patient’s diagnosis is Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) which is being caused by Helicobacter pylori. It is a chronic inflammation of the stomach and the duodenum (Woo & Robinson, 2015, p. 1028). The goal for treatment is to eradicate the H. pylori, heal any ulcers, prevent complications, prevent relapse, and reduce the symptoms (Woo & Robinson, 2015, p. 1030).
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