HESI Pharmacology ( 46 Questions)
After taking orlistat for one week, a female client tells the home health nurse that she is experiencing increasingly frequent faty stools and ﬂatus. Which action should the nurse take?
Orlistat works by inhibiting the absorption of dietary fat in the intestines. The side eﬀects of faty stools and ﬂatus can be managed by reducing the intake of dietary fat. The nurse should ask the client to describe her dietary intake history for the last several days to determine if she has been consuming a diet high in fat.
Based on this information, the nurse can provide appropriate dietary advice to help manage these side eﬀects.