Clinical Medications Worksheets

Generic Name polycarbophil Peak Unknown Trade Name FiberCon Onset 12-24 hrs Classification Antidiarrheals, laxatives Duration unknown Dose 625mg Route PO Time/frequency daily Normal dosage range 1 g 1-4 times daily or as needed (not to exceed 6 g/24 hr); for severe diarrhea, may repeat q 30 min. For IV meds, compatibility with IV drips and/or solutions N/A Nursing Implications (what to focus on) Contraindications/warnings/interactions Hypersensitivity, abdominal pain, N/V, serious intra-abdominal adhesions, dysphagia. Common side effects No common or life-threatening side effects for this drug Lab value alterations caused by medicine None significant

Why is your patient getting this medication Promotion of bowel regularity Mechanism of action and indications (Why med ordered) Acts as a bulk laxative by keeping water within the bowel lumen. Acts as an antidiarrheal by taking on water within the bowel lumen to create a formed stool. Interactions with other patient drugs, OTC or herbal medicines (ask patient specifically) None for this patient

Nursing Process- Assessment (Pre-administration assessment) Assess for fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal distention, and pain. Notify health care professional if present. Auscultatebowel sounds. Inquire about patient's usual diet, fluid intake, activity level, and bowel function. Monitor for color, consistency, and amount of stool produced.

Be sure to teach the patient the following about this medication Encourage patients with constipation to use other forms of bowel regulation, such as increasing bulk in diet, fluid intake, and mobility. Normal bowel habits are individualized and may vary from 3 times/dayto 3 times/wk. Instruct patients with sudden onset of constipation to notify health care professional; medical evaluation may be necessary. Instruct patients with diarrhea to notify health care professional if fever or bloody stools occur or if diarrhea persists or worsens. Discuss need for fluids and diet modifications during episodes of diarrhea. Assessment Evaluation Why would you hold or not give this med? Check after giving Intolerable, unexpected adverse effects. Soft, formed bowel movement. May require 3 days for therapeutic effect to occur.

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