Classification Of Medication By Sarah Jennings

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Stuti Patel
Unitek College
Classification Of Medication

Sarah Jennings is a 45 years old female, 5 feet 6inches tall, 130lbs. Today she came in to see Dr. Wallace for 3-month appointment. She has been diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes, and cholesterol. Due her cholesterol medication she was asked to come in to get her liver function checked. During her visit today she mentioned to the doctor she has had knee pain for the past few days. It started after she tripped while hiking last week. Sarah also suffers with bipolar disorder, but she has been doing well with the anti-depressant she is on. She is a very sweet, tiny, determined lady who is trying her best to keep up with all her health issues. She has changed her diet and has been good with exercising daily. Sarah has been taking prazosin for hypertension which a alpha blocker. It blocks receptors in the arteries in smooth muscle. This helps relax the blood vessels and leads to an increase in blood flow and a lower blood pressure. The most common side effects of are dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, nervousness, irritability, stuffy or runny nose, nausea, pain in the arms and legs, hypotension, and weakness. Also another side effect is first-dose orthostatic hypotension because initially the patient has more sensitive to the blood pressure-lowering effects. As patients continue to take the medication they become less sensitive and have fewer problems with hypotension. There

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