The doctor say he's going give me medication for my insomnia and you are going explain it to me and my wife. What is it and is it ready?
Good morning Mr. and Mrs. Lopez
It is a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic medication, used to treat insomnia by increasing the effect of GABA in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that helps us sleep at night by calming the brain.
You will need to take this medication on an empty stomach 1 hr before going to sleep and ensure to have at least 6-8hrs of sleep scheduled.
Yes I have it with me. It's zolpidem (Ambien)
Are they any complications or adverse effect?
Yes Ma'am some adverse effect are headache, drowsiness, nervousness, dizziness and vertigo and lethargy.
Also antifungal and some blood pressure medication such as Verapamil may enhance Zolpidem effect so unsure to discuss medication interaction with your provider
Do not take with alcohol because complications such as excessive sleepiness, confusion, diminished reflexes, and coma may occur and you need to seek emergency care right away.
Lastly consult with your physician before taking any herbal supplements especially Valerian Root or Kava because they increase effect and can lead to toxicity.
Avoid grapefruit or grapefruit juice, it prolong the effect of this medication.
You're welcome, if the is medication not working or if you have any concern, don't hesitate to call us.
Thanks for all your teachings nurse Lucy. It was very helpful. Hopefully I can sleep now
Client Education Project by: Terese Arzu, Arthur Davies & Marcella Mora
Terese Arzu: The team organizer and creative group member. Initiate Storyboard and creatively begun the scenario. Arthur Davies: Provide details regarding medication and feedback on Storyboard organization and execution. Marcella Mora: Ensure project adhered to the rubric by labeling each item listed and also organized references.
References Assessment Technologies Institute. (2016). RN pharmacology for nursing (7.0th ed.). Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC. Lilley, L. L., Collins, S. R., & Snyder, J. S. (2017). Pharmacology and the nursing process (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.