Endocrine Question #34


A client in the hospital voices concern that the blood glucose monitor may not be working because the blood glucose was 295. After reviewing the medications, the nurse explains which of the following would cause elevated blood glucose?


  1. Quinidine
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  2. Predisone
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  3. Atenolol
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  4. Bactrim
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Corticosteroids like Prednisone may cause elevation of blood sugar. Clients with no known history of diabetes may have higher blood sugars while on steroids, and the nurse should instruct on adverse effects of the drug. The other selections: Quinidine, Atenolol, and Bactrim all cause lower levels of blood sugar.

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