Metoprolol Succinate: A Case Study

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1. The name of the drug
The generic name of the drug that is the theme of this assessment is Metoprolol succinate. The trade names this drug is known as in New Zealand is Betaloc CR and AFT-Metoprolol CR (AFT-Pharmaceuticals Ltd, 2009); AstraZeneca Limited, 2014).
2. General classification of given drug
This drug is an antihypertensive medication and a beta1-selective beta-blocker (AstraZeneca Limited, 2014).
3. Indication of use and purpose of given drug
Jack is taking Metoprolol succinate for hypertension. Hypertension is when the patient’s blood pressure is higher than normal (Heart Foundation, n.d.). Beta-blockers work by lessening the hearts job, the heart rate and the hearts output of blood, which at last brings down the circulatory
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Pharmacokinetics: How the body acts on the drug
a) What route was chosen and why. Jack was prescribed 47.5mg of Metoprolol succinate and this is given in a single oral dose. The tablet is circular and film coated and can be halved to make it easier to swallow. The oral dose was chosen because it is the easiest and safest method for Jack to use at home. Oral administration has a slower onset and has a longer lasting effect, this is needed for Jack as he takes this medication once a day (Dempsey, French, Hillege, & Wilson, 2007).
b) Should this medication have conditions attached to administration? Metoprolol succinate should be taken at the same time every day, morning or evening. It needs to be swallowed with a glass of water and can be taken at meal time or without food (AstraZeneca Limited,
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There are ethical principles that must be considered at the start of Jacks care plan. Firstly, the balance of benefits and harm (Beneficence) were studied and it was found that prescribing Metoprolol succinate was in Jacks best interest. Informed consent from Jack followed after the shared decision making in his care (Dempsey et al., 2007). Jack has the right to decide whether to take his medication or not, although this is in his best interests to do so, healthcare professionals must accept his decision. Nurses will then commit themselves to promoting the patients wellbeing and be aware of the fact that the patient and/or their whanau may view nursing decision differently than the nurse (Dempsey et al.,

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