Week 2 – Assignment 1
Select one of the two questions from the discussion
questions listed below. By Week 2, Day 3, respond to the selected discussion
question and submit your response to this Discussion Area.
Be sure to respond to the question using the lessons and
vocabulary found in the reading. Justify your answers using examples and
reasoning. Support your answers with examples and research and cite your
research using APA format.
Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your
classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your
classmatesâ€™ posts. Participate in the discussion by asking a question,
providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a
rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship
between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion.
Discussion Question 1
Many patients ask for nonprescription medications to use for
various health problems, such as insomnia, depression, pain, memory, and
anxiety. Select one patient complaint (for example, insomnia) and review the
major herbs that have been recommended for treatment. Go to the South
University Online Library and locate at least one peer-reviewed research
article designed to study the effects of one of these substances. Describe the
study and results and explain how this would influence your action as an APN.
Discussion Question 2
Go to the Internet and locate the website for any medication
of interest to you. Go to the prescribing directions and locate the section
that reports the pharmacology of the medication. Describe the information
presented on pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of that drug. Explain all of
the areas that are reported in this document, including enzyme activity;
medication onset and duration of action; area under the curve; and absorption
and distribution, including maximal plasma concentrations. Describe if the
medication should be taken with or without food and why. To adequately respond
to this question, you must look at the package insert from the company; no
other sources will contain the extent of information you need.