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Question Answered step-by-step -A 79 year old white male is taking hydrocodone/APAP 10/325for lower back pain (pt diagnosed with degenerative disc disease several months ago). The physician had written a prescription for Vicodin® 10/325 i-ii Q4-6h prn pain with a quantity of 120. Her expectation was that this would last the patient for one month. The patient is now requesting refills about every 10-14 days. He states he has been taking 2 tabs Q4h (12 tablets per day) because “the pain is so bad I just can’t stand it!”. -What is the problem with the way the patient is taking this medication versus the way it was prescribed -Based on your assessment, it is determined this patient should be converted to extended release morphine for better, more consistent pain control. Perform this conversion and provide an appropriate recommendation (drug, dose, frequency). Health Science Science Nursing NURSING 635 Share QuestionEmailCopy link Comments (0)

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