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(THROUGHOUT ADMINISTRATION) Assess for desired therapeutic effects (e.g., lowered total cholesterol and LDL levels, increased HDL levels) Periodic monitoring of lipid profiles, liver function studies, CK, and uric acid levels Assess for adverse effects: musculoskeletal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, or diarrhea. Report any severe musculoskeletal pain, unexplained muscle tenderness with fever, inability to perform ADL’s, due to musculoskeletal weakness or pain, unexplained numbness or tingling of extremities, yellowing of sclera or skin, severe constipation, straining with passing of stool, or tarry stools (Potter & Perry, pg. 505)
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FIBRIC ACID DRUGS NURSING IMPLEMENTATIONS cont’d Teach patient to take medication as prescribed by HCP Encourage patient and family to eat a healthy low-fat diet, regular exercise, stop smoking (if applicable), decrease alcohol intake (if applicable). Encourage more foods rich in omega -3, and coenzyme Q10: (e. g. salmon, sardines, nuts, extra-virgin olive oil, beef, chicken and pork Instruct patient to return periodically for lab testing Monitor older adults for dizziness and assist in ambulation to prevent falls Instruct patients taking combination of lipid-lowering drugs to be alert to adverse effects of both drugs Teach patient how important it is to report signs and symptoms related to adverse medication effects (Potter & Perry, pg. 505)
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