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NURS 2516 Clinical Medications Worksheets

Generic Trade Name Classification Dose Route Time/frequency

Senna Senokot Laxatives 2 tablets PO QHS

Peak Onset Duration For IV meds, compatibility with IV drips and /or solutions

Unknown 6-12 hr 3-4 days N/A

Normal Dose Range:
12-50 mg two times/day
Mechanism of action and indications Nursing Implications (what to focus on)
(Why med ordered) Contraindications/warnings/interactions
Used for constipation it alters water and electrolyte Hypersensitivity, abdominal pain.
transport in the large intestine resulting in accumulation
of water and increased peristalsis Common side effects
Cramping, diarrhea, nausea, discoloration of urine.

Interactions with other patient drugs, OTC or herbal Lab value alterations caused by medicine
medicines (ask patient specifically) N/A
May decrease absorption of other orally administered
Be sure to teach the patient the following about this
Use only for short term therapy, may cause a change in urine
color, do not use laxatives when abdominal pain, nausea,
vomiting, or fever is present.
Nursing Process- Assessment Assessment Evaluation
(Pre-administration assessment) Why would you hold or not give this Check after giving
Abdominal distension, presence of bowel med? A soft formed bowel
sounds, and unusual pattern of bowel Hold for Loose stools. movement.
function, assess color, consistency, and Abdominal pain, Nausea, vomiting,
amount of stool produced rectal fissures, hemorrhoids, alcohol
intolerance, loose stools, or diarrhea