NCLEX PN practice questions 2016 pharmacology

a nurse is preparing a pt for a procedure requiring conscious sedation. The nurse will administer which short acting benzodiazepine?

1 chlordiazepoxide
2. diazepam
3. lorazepam
4. midazolam

Midazolam is used for conscious sedation for medical prcedures. It has a short half life compared to the other options.

How do benzodiazepines work?
the increase the activity of GABA, a common neruo. trans. in the brain. Through this action they promote a calming effect, relax skeletal muscles, and induce sleep.

A pt with hyperthyroidism is placed on propylthiouracil to reduce thyroid hormone synthesis. The pt asked the nurse when the drug with start working. What should the nurses response be?
1-3 weeks
1-5 days
2-3 months
4-6 weeks
1-3 weeks

the theraputic effect of propylthiouracil has an onest of 10-21 days and peak at 6- 10 weeks.

Regular insulin onset peak duration?
onset 30 min
peak 2-4 hours
duration 8-12 hours

A nurse preparing to admin. regular insulin, 10 units SQ before mealtime. How long before mealtime should the nurse administer the insulin.
30 minutes

A pt with testicular cancer is admin. ciplatin. The nurse concludes that the patient is have a side effect based on what finding?

increased appetite
increaed creatinine

increased creatinine

Common s/e of cisplatin?
electrolyte imbalances
anemia and bone marrow suppression

a pt is prescribed tamoxifen 20 mg PO twice a day for newly dx metastatic breast c/a. While reinforcing education to the patient, the nurse should emphasize which possible s/e?

hot flashes

Hot flashes

S/e of tamoxifen?
hot flashes
vaginal bleeding
menstrual changes

An eldery pt is prescribed ciprofloxacin for the tx of UTI. The nurse should inform the pt of which potentially serious adverse effect?

a fib
tendon rupture

tendon rupture

Ciprofloaxcin and other fluorquinolon antibiotics have a black box warning for the increased risk of?
tendon rupture

If patient is taking ciprofloaxin and experiences pain and edema around the tendon, what may this mean? What should the nurse instruct the patient too do?
This may lead to a tendon rupture
The nurse should instruct the patient to rest is they experience tendon pain or edema

A patient with diabetes taking acarbose should be assessed for which potential adverse reactions?

elevated AST and ALT
Elevated creatinine

elevated AST and ALT

Acarbose has been shown to ause liver damage, leading to an evaluation of serum transaminases

a pt is prescribed dexamethasone to reduce cerebral edema after a MVA. Which of the following assessment findings should the nurse expect if this tx is effective?

decreased urine output
increase b/p
increased response to stimulus
decreased respiration

increased response to stimuli

dexamethasone is corticosteroid that reduces inflammation in the brain. When effectiveness is achieved, the pts neruo status should improve

Common s/e of corticosteroids include?

a nurse is caring for a crital burn pr. The pt is suffering from intense pain and requires medication. The nurse should expect the dr to prescribe which of the fallowing?
1. fentanyl patch
2hydromorphone, intranasal
3 morphine sulfate, IV
4 oxycodone via NG tube
morphine sulfate, IV

A pt taking lovastatin for hyperlipidemia should be instructed to immediately inform the dr if:

GI upset occurs
she become a vegitarian
she becomes confused
she is pregnant or is planning to become pregnant

she is pregnant or is planning to become pregnant

Stats are what pregnancy category?
Category X

MNEMONIC: Since statins are HMG-CoA inhibitors the side effect mnemonic is: HMG- CoA
Hepatotoxicity/ Headache
GI symptoms (constipation, pain and flatulence)
CPK increased
A fib

A patient with TB is taking rafampin, ethambutol, isoniazid, and pyrazinamide. The pt states that his contact lenses are stained orange after each use. How should the nurse respond?

Admin an IM injection of vitamin K immediately to promote coagulation

call the dr, this is a serious s/e

reassure the pt that this is a normal adverse effect

tell the patient to d/c the medication

reassure the pt that this is a normal adverse effect

rafampin may cause body fluids to become red or orange. Urine, tears, sweat, sputum, and feces can all be affected. This is a benign s/e.

Osmotic Diuretics: MIG



A nurse is admin IV odansetron for the tx of nausea. Which of the following indicates that the patient is experiencing an s/e of the medication?



Common s/e of ondansetron?

A pt diagnosed with a PE is on a IV heparin infusion. What s/e should the nurse closely monitor for?.

tarry stools

tarry stools

heparin is an anticoagulant that inhibits the conversion of prothrombin to thrombin. Pts on an anticoagulant drug such as heparin are at an increased risk for bleeding

Signs of bleeding include?
tarry stools
mucosal bleeding
pink/red tinged urine.

The nurse is caring for a patient with metastatic pancreatic cancer. The nurse knows the best way to manage pain is to:

administer pain medication as needed

administer pain medication on a routine basis

administer pain medication without the patient knowing

provide non stimulating environment

administer pain medication on a routine basis

A nurse is caring for a patient recieving ethosuximide for the tx of epilepsy. Which symptoms would indicate to the nurse that the patient is experiencing a s/e of this medication?

blurred vision
urinary retention


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A nurse is assessing a client who is taking propylthiouracil for the treatment of Graves disease. Which of the following findings should the nurse identify as as an indication of the medication has been effective? Increase in ability to focus …

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