Supine hypertension is a potentially dangerous adverse reaction when taking midodrine. The nurse can minimize this reaction by administering the medication during the day while the patient is in an upright position. Keeping the patient in an upright position can sometimes control supine hypertension. This requires that the patient sleep with the head of the bed elevated.
The following is a suggested dosing schedule for the administration of midodrine: shortly before arising in the morning, midday, and late afternoon (not after 6:00 pm). The nurse should continue drug therapy only in the patient whose orthostatic hypotension improves during the initial treatment.
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