Mental Health Question #22


A client with a history of alcoholism arrives to the emergency room with complaints of severe headache, nausea, and vomiting. History assessment includes hypertension, alcoholism, and hyperlipidemia. The client indicates he takes disulfiram medication and took a dose 30 minutes prior to the onset of symptoms. Which question should the nurse ask next?


  1. “When did you first start taking disulfirim?”
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  2. “Have you had recent blood levels for disulfirim?”
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  3. “How much alcohol did you drink today?”
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  4. “How long have you taken disulfirim?”
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Disulfirim is prescribed to curb the desire to drink by producing side effects like nausea, vomiting, and headache if alcohol is consumed. Flu- like symptoms are also common. The length of time and medication start date will not affect the side effects and Blood levels of the drug are not needed.

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