Promoting an Optimal Response to Therapy

Effective management of the patient with parkinsonism requires that the nurse carefully monitor the drug therapy, provide psychological support, and place a strong emphasis on patient and family teaching.

The drugs used to treat parkinsonism also may be used to treat the symptoms of parkinsonism that occur with the administration of some of the psychotherapeu-tic drugs (see Chap. 32). When used for this purpose, the antiparkinsonism drugs may exacerbate mental symptoms and precipitate a psychosis. The nurse must observe the patient's behavior at frequent intervals. If sudden behavioral changes are noted, the nurse withholds the next dose of the drug and immediately notifies the primary health care provider.

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