This exercise assesses the student’s ability to do the following: (1) dispense appropriate medication, (2) validate a prescription for a controlled substance.
Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide).
Instruct patients how to properly take MS Contin, including the following:
Swallowing MS Contin tablets whole
Not crushing, chewing, or dissolving the tablets
Using MS Contin exactly as prescribed to reduce the risk of life-threatening adverse reactions (e.g., respiratory depression)
Not discontinuing MS Contin without first discussing the need for a tapering regimen with the prescriber
MS Contin may cause orthostatic hypotension and syncope.
Advise patients of the potential for severe constipation