I'm compiling my med info for tomorrow, and I've come across a question, that I thought would be best answered by someone that knew - real life nurses!!!
My pt is on Protonix, yet she has no gastric complications, and is not on bed rest (so I'm assuming she's not at risk for developing any while hospitalized). She's also not due for any surgeries. I've had this come up before. Why is it so commonly prescribed w/o a GERD diagnosis? Would any of you know of an alternative reason it's given, other than GERD or surgery prep? She does have Lupus, which I have yet to research, but I don't think it would be related...
Thanks a million to whomever can help!!
[font=book antiqua]often times patients in the hospital suffer tremendous amounts of stress from family member's concerns and bouts of disfunctional episodes to new diagnoses of anemia, cancer, chf...and such and such! this is why protonix is ordered, to prevent acid build up in the tummy, to reduce ulcer risks, the distruction to the esophageal lining included from too much bed rest....hope this helps and you don't get zinged by your nursing instructor, god forbid lol!
[font=book antiqua]ps. also, ng tubes/peg tubes cause stress to the lining of the stomach. this med reduces production of additional juices that can result in further irritation to the lining of the stomach.
Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Feb 14, '07