The nurse is teaching the client about the appropriate use of lorazepam(Ativan) to manage anxiety. Which of the following statements indicates that the client understands the nurse’s teaching?
1. “I can take my medicine whenever I feel anxious.”
2. “It’s okay to double my dose if I need to.”
3. “My medicine isn’t for the everyday stress of life.”
4. “It’s safe to have a glass of wine while taking this medicine.”
The statement, “My medicine is not for the everyday stress of life,” indicates an accurate understanding of the nurse’s teaching about the use of lorazepam. Antianxiety agents like the benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety that is unmanageable by other means and beyond the client’s ability to cope. For the drug to be effective, it must be taken as prescribed. Lorazepam can cause physical and psychological dependence. Tolerance can occur, and doubling the dose of lorazepam may increase the risk of tolerance. Lorazepam is a central nervous system depressant. When it is taken in combination with alcohol, the depressant effect increases, posing a danger to the client.
CN: Pharmacological and parenteral therapies; CL: Evaluate