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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.