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- by tnguy31 Mar 3Hi nurses,
Please give me your thoughts and advices on this. An 80 yrs old female is admitted to hospice program with the diagnosis of end stage COPD. She was also prescribed hypertension medication, fosamax, kaxalate, colace, etc.. She is allergic to Tylenol. Initially, the patient was prescribed 30mg of Cymbalta for depression ( I believe). After a month I'm been with her, the doctor changed to 60mg Cymbalta by mouth once daily with the rationale of " she is responding well to the medication." The patient is physically ok, walks with walker, regular diet, no complain of pain. She talks and smiles everytime I visited her. Patient watches animated movies in free time.
Personally, I think she doesn't need 60mg of Cymbalta. I have a feeling that the doctor just wants to experiment medication treatment on her. What should I do? Please correct me if I understand the situation wrongly.
Thank you all.
- Mar 3 by traumaRUsI think the dose is appropriate also and since the pt is experiencing an acceptable quality of life, I dont see an issue.
- Mar 3 by pfeliksDoes this patient meet the COPS to qualify for ES pulmonary? The picture you paint doesn't seem so. Disabling dysphasia at rest? PO2 less than 88% on RA? Frequent ER visits for pulmonary exacerbations. Frequent pneumonias ?
- Mar 3 by tyvinMy advice is to research this medication.
Cymbalta Official FDA information, side effects and uses.
- Mar 4 by poppycatYou might also consider the fact that Cymbalta is also used to control chronic pain. Does your patient have any pain issues?
- Mar 4 by czyjaAnd Cybalta also has some lovey anxiolytic properties. Lung disease can also lead to terrible anxiety - so this sounds like a well thought out treatment plan.
- Mar 4 by Esme12This sounds like a school assignment......I know you are working on you BSN. We are happy to help with homework but we will not do it for you......what do you think about this would make this an ethical dilemma? Tell us what you think and we'll be happy to chime in!
Thread moved to Nursing student assistance for best response.
- Mar 4 by KelRN215I do not see the ethical dilemma here. Has the patient expressed that she does not want to be on this medication? Perhaps her mood is as you have assessed it because the medication is doing its job.