Psychotherapeutic Agents Antidepressants  and Antipsychotics
Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>The therapy of emotional and mental disorders </li></ul>
Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>Anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>Grief </li></ul><ul><li>Depression  </li></ul><ul><li>are normal huma...
Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>The ability to cope with these emotions can range from occasional depression or anxiety to cons...
Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>When these emotions significantly affect an individual’s ability to carry out normal daily func...
Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>Three main emotional and mental disorders: </li></ul><ul><li>Psychoses </li></ul><ul><li>Affect...
Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>Psychosis </li></ul><ul><li>A major emotional disorder that impairs the mental function of the ...
Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>Affective Disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Major emotional disorders that impair the mental function...
Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>Affective Disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Mania:  abnormally pronounced emotions </li></ul><ul><li>...
Psychotherapeutics  <ul><li>Pathophysiology  </li></ul><ul><li>Biochemical Imbalance </li></ul><ul><li>Mental disorders ar...
Psychotherapeutics  <ul><li>Pathophysiology  </li></ul><ul><li>Biochemical Imbalance </li></ul><ul><li>Brain levels of cer...
Psychotherapeutics  <ul><li>Pathophysiology  </li></ul><ul><li>Biochemical Imbalance </li></ul><ul><li>Other biochemicals ...
Etiology of Depression  <ul><li>Biogenic Amine Hypothesis  </li></ul><ul><li>Depression and mania are due to an alteration...
Instructors may wish to insert  EIC Image #45:  Biogenic Amine Hypothesis
Affective Disorders <ul><li>Drug Categories </li></ul><ul><li>Antidepressants </li></ul><ul><li>tricyclics, tetracyclics, ...
Antidepressants <ul><li>Cyclic antidepressants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tricyclics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tetracyclics </...
Cyclic Antidepressants <ul><li>Tricyclic antidepressants—primary: amitriptyline (Elavil), doxepin (Sinequan),  imipramine ...
Cyclic Antidepressants  Mechanism of Action <ul><li>Block reuptake of neurotransmitters, causing accumulation at the nerve...
Cyclic Antidepressants  Mechanism of Action—Drug Effects <ul><li>Blockade of norepinephrine: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>antidep...
Cyclic Antidepressants  Therapeutic Uses <ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Childhood enuresis (imipramine) </li></ul><u...
Cyclic Antidepressants  Side Effects <ul><li>Sedation </li></ul><ul><li>Impotence </li></ul><ul><li>Orthostatic hypotensio...
Tricyclic Antidepressants Overdose <ul><li>Lethal—70 to 80% die before reaching  the hospital </li></ul><ul><li>CNS and ca...
Antidepressants  Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors: MAOIs <ul><li>Highly effective </li></ul><ul><li>Considered second-line tre...
Antidepressants:  MAOIs <ul><li>phenelzine (Nardil) </li></ul><ul><li>tranylcypromine (Parnate) </li></ul><ul><li>isocarbo...
Antidepressants:  MAOIs Mechanism of Action <ul><li>Inhibit the MAO enzyme system in the CNS </li></ul><ul><li>Amines (dop...
Antidepressants:  MAOIs Therapeutic Uses <ul><li>Depression, especially types characterized by reverse vegetative symptoms...
Antidepressants:  MAOIs  Side Effects <ul><li>Few side effects—orthostatic hypotension most common </li></ul><ul><li>Tachy...
Antidepressants:  MAOIs  Overdose <ul><li>Symptoms appear 12 hours after ingestion </li></ul><ul><li>Tachycardia, circulat...
Antidepressants:  MAOIs Hypertensive Crisis and Tyramine <ul><li>Ingestion of foods and/or drinks with  the amino acid TYR...
Antidepressants:  MAOIs Hypertensive Crisis and Tyramine <ul><li>Avoid foods that contain tyramine! </li></ul><ul><li>Aged...
Second-Generation Antidepressants <ul><li>Newer </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer side effects than tricyclics, but not superior in ...
Second-Generation  Antidepressants and SSRIs  Mechanism of Action <ul><li>Selectively inhibit serotonin reuptake </li></ul...
Second-Generation Antidepressants Therapeutic Uses <ul><li>Used for depression—very few serious side effects </li></ul><ul...
Second-Generation Antidepressants Side Effects <ul><li>Body System Effects </li></ul><ul><li>CNS Headache, dizziness,  tre...
Second-Generation Antidepressants Drug Interactions <ul><li>Highly bound to plasma proteins </li></ul><ul><li>Compete with...
Antipsychotics <ul><li>Drugs used to treat serious mental illness </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioral problems or psychotic disor...
Antipsychotics <ul><li>Thioxanthenes: chlorprothixene, thiothixene (Navane) </li></ul><ul><li>Butyrophenones: haloperidol ...
Antipsychotics  Phenothiazine Structural Groups <ul><li>Aliphatic: chlorpromazine (Thorazine), triflupromazine (Vesprin) <...
Antipsychotics  Atypical Antipsychotics <ul><li>clozapine (Clozaril) </li></ul><ul><li>risperidone (Risperdal) </li></ul><...
Antipsychotics: Mechanism of Action <ul><li>Block dopamine receptors in the brain (limbic system, basal ganglia)—areas ass...
Antipsychotics: Mechanism of Action <ul><li>The newer, atypical antipsychotics also block specific serotonin receptors (se...
Antipsychotics:  Drug Effects <ul><li>Block dopamine receptors in CNS </li></ul><ul><li>Block alpha receptors (causing hyp...
Antipsychotics:  Therapeutic Uses <ul><li>Treatment of serious mental illnesses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bipolar affective d...
Antipsychotics: Side Effects <ul><li>Body System Effects </li></ul><ul><li>CNS Sedation, delirium </li></ul><ul><li>Cardio...
Antipsychotics: Side Effects <ul><li>Body System Effects </li></ul><ul><li>GI Dry mouth, constipation </li></ul><ul><li>GU...
Psychotherapeutic Agents:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Before beginning therapy, assess both the physical and emotional s...
Psychotherapeutic Agents:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Assess for possible contraindications to therapy, cautious use, an...
Psychotherapeutic Agents:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Provide simple explanations about the drug, its effects, and the l...
Psychotherapeutic Agents:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>The combination of drug therapy and psychotherapy is emphasized be...
Psychotherapeutic Agents:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Antidepressants </li></ul><ul><li>Many cautions, contraindications...
Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Antidepressants </li></ul><ul><li>Sedation often occurs with tricyc...
Psychotherapeutic Agents:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Antidepressants </li></ul><ul><li>Tricyclics may need to be weaned...
Psychotherapeutic Agents:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Antidepressants </li></ul><ul><li>Caffeine and cigarette smoking m...
Psychotherapeutic Agents:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Antipsychotics—Phenothiazines </li></ul><ul><li>Instruct patients ...
Psychotherapeutic Agents:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Antipsychotics—Phenothiazines </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term haloperi...
Psychotherapeutic Agents:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Monitor for therapeutic effects: </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor mental ...
Psychotherapeutic Agents:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Monitor for therapeutic effects </li></ul><ul><li>For antidepressa...
Psychotherapeutic Agents:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Monitor for therapeutic effects </li></ul><ul><li>For antipsychoti...
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  1. 1. Psychotherapeutic Agents Antidepressants and Antipsychotics
  2. 2. Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>The therapy of emotional and mental disorders </li></ul>
  3. 3. Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>Anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>Grief </li></ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><li>are normal human emotions </li></ul>
  4. 4. Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>The ability to cope with these emotions can range from occasional depression or anxiety to constant emotional distress to the point ofinterfering with the ability to carry on normal daily living. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>When these emotions significantly affect an individual’s ability to carry out normal daily functions, treatment with a psychotherapeutic drug is a possible option. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>Three main emotional and mental disorders: </li></ul><ul><li>Psychoses </li></ul><ul><li>Affective disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety </li></ul>
  7. 7. Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>Psychosis </li></ul><ul><li>A major emotional disorder that impairs the mental function of the affected individual to the point that the individual cannot participate in everyday life. </li></ul><ul><li>Hallmark: loss of contact with reality </li></ul>
  8. 8. Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>Affective Disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Major emotional disorders that impair the mental function of the affected individual to the point that the individual cannot participate in everyday life. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>Affective Disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Mania: abnormally pronounced emotions </li></ul><ul><li>Depression: abnormally reduced emotions </li></ul><ul><li>Bipolar affective disorder: exhibits both mania and depression </li></ul>
  10. 10. Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>Pathophysiology </li></ul><ul><li>Biochemical Imbalance </li></ul><ul><li>Mental disorders are associated with abnormal levels of endogenous chemicals, such as neurotransmitters, in the brain. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>Pathophysiology </li></ul><ul><li>Biochemical Imbalance </li></ul><ul><li>Brain levels of certain catecholamines play an important role in maintaining mental health. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dopamine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serotonin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Histamine </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Psychotherapeutics <ul><li>Pathophysiology </li></ul><ul><li>Biochemical Imbalance </li></ul><ul><li>Other biochemicals are necessary for normal mental function. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GABA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>acetylcholine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lithium </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Etiology of Depression <ul><li>Biogenic Amine Hypothesis </li></ul><ul><li>Depression and mania are due to an alteration in neuronal and synaptic catecholamine concentration at adrenergic receptor sites in the brain. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Depression: deficiency of catecholamine, especially norepinephrine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mania: excess amines </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Instructors may wish to insert EIC Image #45: Biogenic Amine Hypothesis
  15. 15. Affective Disorders <ul><li>Drug Categories </li></ul><ul><li>Antidepressants </li></ul><ul><li>tricyclics, tetracyclics, SSRIs, MAOIs </li></ul><ul><li>Antimanic Agents </li></ul><ul><li>lithium </li></ul>
  16. 16. Antidepressants <ul><li>Cyclic antidepressants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tricyclics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tetracyclics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) </li></ul><ul><li>Second-generation antidepressants and SSRIs </li></ul>
  17. 17. Cyclic Antidepressants <ul><li>Tricyclic antidepressants—primary: amitriptyline (Elavil), doxepin (Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil) </li></ul><ul><li>Tricyclic antidepressants—secondary: desipramine (Norpramin), nortriptyline (Aventyl), protriptyline (Vivactil) </li></ul><ul><li>Tetracyclic antidepressants: amoxapine (Asendin), maprotiline (Ludiomil) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Cyclic Antidepressants Mechanism of Action <ul><li>Block reuptake of neurotransmitters, causing accumulation at the nerve endings. </li></ul><ul><li>It is thought that increasing concentrations of neurotransmitters will correct the abnormally low levels that lead to depression. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Cyclic Antidepressants Mechanism of Action—Drug Effects <ul><li>Blockade of norepinephrine: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>antidepressant, tremors, tachycardia, additive pressor effects with sympathomimetic drugs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blockade of serotonin: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>antidepressant, nausea, headache, anxiety, sexual dysfunction </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Cyclic Antidepressants Therapeutic Uses <ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Childhood enuresis (imipramine) </li></ul><ul><li>Obsessive-compulsive disorders (clomipramine) </li></ul><ul><li>Adjunctive analgesics </li></ul><ul><li>Trigeminal neuralgia </li></ul>
  21. 21. Cyclic Antidepressants Side Effects <ul><li>Sedation </li></ul><ul><li>Impotence </li></ul><ul><li>Orthostatic hypotension </li></ul><ul><li>Older patients: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>dizziness, postural hypotension, constipation, delayed micturation, edema, muscle tremors </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Tricyclic Antidepressants Overdose <ul><li>Lethal—70 to 80% die before reaching the hospital </li></ul><ul><li>CNS and cardiovascular systems are mainly affected </li></ul><ul><li>Death results from seizures or dysrhythmias </li></ul><ul><li>No specific antidote </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decrease drug absorption with activated charcoal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speed elimination by alkalinizing urine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage seizures and dysrhythmias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic life support </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Antidepressants Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors: MAOIs <ul><li>Highly effective </li></ul><ul><li>Considered second-line treatment for depression not responsive to cyclics </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantage: potential to cause hypertensive crisis when taken with tyramine </li></ul>
  24. 24. Antidepressants: MAOIs <ul><li>phenelzine (Nardil) </li></ul><ul><li>tranylcypromine (Parnate) </li></ul><ul><li>isocarboxazid (Marplan) </li></ul>
  25. 25. Antidepressants: MAOIs Mechanism of Action <ul><li>Inhibit the MAO enzyme system in the CNS </li></ul><ul><li>Amines (dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine) are not broken down, resulting in higher levels in the brain </li></ul><ul><li>Result: alleviation of symptoms of depression </li></ul>
  26. 26. Antidepressants: MAOIs Therapeutic Uses <ul><li>Depression, especially types characterized by reverse vegetative symptoms such as increased sleep and appetite </li></ul><ul><li>Depression that does not respond to other agents such as tricyclics </li></ul>
  27. 27. Antidepressants: MAOIs Side Effects <ul><li>Few side effects—orthostatic hypotension most common </li></ul><ul><li>Tachycardia Palpitations </li></ul><ul><li>Dizziness Drowsiness </li></ul><ul><li>Insomnia Headache </li></ul><ul><li>Anorexia Nausea </li></ul><ul><li>Blurred vision Impotence </li></ul>
  28. 28. Antidepressants: MAOIs Overdose <ul><li>Symptoms appear 12 hours after ingestion </li></ul><ul><li>Tachycardia, circulatory collapse, seizures, coma </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment: protect brain and heart, eliminate toxin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gastric lavage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urine acidification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hemodialysis </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Antidepressants: MAOIs Hypertensive Crisis and Tyramine <ul><li>Ingestion of foods and/or drinks with the amino acid TYRAMINE leads to hypertensive crisis, which may lead to cerebral hemorrhage, stroke, coma, or death </li></ul>
  30. 30. Antidepressants: MAOIs Hypertensive Crisis and Tyramine <ul><li>Avoid foods that contain tyramine! </li></ul><ul><li>Aged, mature cheeses (cheddar, blue, Swiss) </li></ul><ul><li>Smoked/pickled or aged meats, fish, poultry (herring, sausage, corned beef, salami, pepperoni, paté) </li></ul><ul><li>Yeast extracts </li></ul><ul><li>Red wines (Chianti, burgundy, sherry, vermouth) </li></ul><ul><li>Italian broad beans (fava beans) </li></ul>
  31. 31. Second-Generation Antidepressants <ul><li>Newer </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer side effects than tricyclics, but not superior in overall efficacy or onset of action </li></ul><ul><ul><li>trazodone (Desyrel) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Second-Generation Antidepressants and SSRIs Mechanism of Action <ul><li>Selectively inhibit serotonin reuptake </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no effect on norepinephrine or dopamine reuptake </li></ul><ul><li>Results in increased serotonin concentrations at nerve endings </li></ul><ul><li>Advantage over tricyclics and MAOIs: Little or no effect on cardiovascular system </li></ul>
  33. 33. Second-Generation Antidepressants Therapeutic Uses <ul><li>Used for depression—very few serious side effects </li></ul><ul><li>Bipolar affective disorder </li></ul><ul><li>Obesity </li></ul><ul><li>Eating disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Obsessive-compulsive disorder </li></ul><ul><li>Panic attacks </li></ul><ul><li>Myoclonus </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment of various substance abuse problems (bupropion [Zyban] is used for smoking cessation treatment) </li></ul>
  34. 34. Second-Generation Antidepressants Side Effects <ul><li>Body System Effects </li></ul><ul><li>CNS Headache, dizziness, tremor, nervousness, insomnia, fatigue </li></ul><ul><li>GI Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth </li></ul><ul><li>Other Sweating, sexual dysfunction </li></ul>
  35. 35. Second-Generation Antidepressants Drug Interactions <ul><li>Highly bound to plasma proteins </li></ul><ul><li>Compete with other protein-binding drugs, resulting in more free, unbound drug to cause a more pronounced drug effect </li></ul>
  36. 36. Antipsychotics <ul><li>Drugs used to treat serious mental illness </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioral problems or psychotic disorders </li></ul>
  37. 37. Antipsychotics <ul><li>Thioxanthenes: chlorprothixene, thiothixene (Navane) </li></ul><ul><li>Butyrophenones: haloperidol (Haldol) </li></ul><ul><li>Dihydroindolones: molindone (Moban) </li></ul><ul><li>Dibenzoxazepine: loxapine (Loxitane) </li></ul><ul><li>Phenothiazines: three structural groups </li></ul>
  38. 38. Antipsychotics Phenothiazine Structural Groups <ul><li>Aliphatic: chlorpromazine (Thorazine), triflupromazine (Vesprin) </li></ul><ul><li>Piperidine: mesoridazine (Serentil), thioridazine (Mellaril) </li></ul><ul><li>Piperazine: fluphenazine (Prolixin), perphenazine (Trilafon), prochlorperazine (Compazine), trifluoperazine (Stelazine) </li></ul><ul><li>Largest group of psychotropic agents </li></ul>
  39. 39. Antipsychotics Atypical Antipsychotics <ul><li>clozapine (Clozaril) </li></ul><ul><li>risperidone (Risperdal) </li></ul><ul><li>olanzapine (Zyprexa) </li></ul><ul><li>quetiapine (Seroquel) </li></ul>
  40. 40. Antipsychotics: Mechanism of Action <ul><li>Block dopamine receptors in the brain (limbic system, basal ganglia)—areas associated with emotion, cognitive function, motor function </li></ul><ul><li>Dopamine levels in the CNS are decreased </li></ul><ul><li>Result: tranquilizing effect in psychotic patients </li></ul>
  41. 41. Antipsychotics: Mechanism of Action <ul><li>The newer, atypical antipsychotics also block specific serotonin receptors (serotonin-2 [5HT2] receptors). </li></ul><ul><li>This is responsible for their improved efficacy and safety profiles. </li></ul>
  42. 42. Antipsychotics: Drug Effects <ul><li>Block dopamine receptors in CNS </li></ul><ul><li>Block alpha receptors (causing hypertension, other cardiovascular effects) </li></ul><ul><li>Block histamine receptors (causing anticholinergic effects) </li></ul><ul><li>Block serotonin </li></ul><ul><li>Also function as antiemetics </li></ul><ul><li>Antianxiety effects </li></ul>
  43. 43. Antipsychotics: Therapeutic Uses <ul><li>Treatment of serious mental illnesses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bipolar affective disorder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depressive and drug-induced psychoses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schizophrenia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Autism </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Movement disorders (such as Tourette’s syndrome) </li></ul><ul><li>Some medical conditions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nausea, intractable hiccups </li></ul></ul>
  44. 44. Antipsychotics: Side Effects <ul><li>Body System Effects </li></ul><ul><li>CNS Sedation, delirium </li></ul><ul><li>Cardiovascular Orthostatic hypotension, syncope, dizziness, ECG changes </li></ul><ul><li>Dermatologic Photosensitivity, skin rash, hyperpigmentation, pruritus </li></ul>
  45. 45. Antipsychotics: Side Effects <ul><li>Body System Effects </li></ul><ul><li>GI Dry mouth, constipation </li></ul><ul><li>GU Urinary hesitancy or retention, impaired erection </li></ul><ul><li>Hematologic Leukopenia and agranulocytosis </li></ul><ul><li>Metabolic/endocrine Galactorrhea, irregular menses increased appetite, polydipsia </li></ul>
  46. 46. Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Before beginning therapy, assess both the physical and emotional status of patients </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain baseline VS, including postural BP readings </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain liver and renal function tests (and baseline platelet levels for MAOIs) </li></ul>
  47. 47. Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Assess for possible contraindications to therapy, cautious use, and potential drug interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Assess LOC, mental alertness, potential for injury to self and others </li></ul><ul><li>Check the patient’s mouth to make sure oral doses are swallowed </li></ul>
  48. 48. Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Provide simple explanations about the drug, its effects, and the length of time before therapeutic effects can be expected </li></ul><ul><li>Abrupt withdrawal should be avoided </li></ul><ul><li>Advise patients to change positions slowly to avoid postural hypotension and possible injury </li></ul>
  49. 49. Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>The combination of drug therapy and psychotherapy is emphasized because patients need to learn and acquire more effective coping skills </li></ul><ul><li>Only small amounts of medications should be dispensed at a time to minimize the risk of suicide attempts </li></ul><ul><li>Simultaneous use of these agents with alcohol or other CNS depressants can be fatal </li></ul>
  50. 50. Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Antidepressants </li></ul><ul><li>Many cautions, contraindications, and interactions exist pertaining to the use of antidepressants. </li></ul><ul><li>Inform patients that it may take 1 to 3, even 4, weeks to see therapeutic effects. </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor patients closely during this time and provide support. </li></ul>
  51. 51. Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Antidepressants </li></ul><ul><li>Sedation often occurs with tricyclic therapy; notify physician if this lasts more than 2 weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>Assist elderly or weakened patients with ambulation and other activities as falls may occur due to drowsiness or postural hypotension. </li></ul>
  52. 52. Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Antidepressants </li></ul><ul><li>Tricyclics may need to be weaned and discontinued before undergoing surgery to avoid interactions with anesthetic agents. </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor for side effects and discuss with patients. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage patients to wear medication ID badges naming the agent being taken. </li></ul>
  53. 53. Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Antidepressants </li></ul><ul><li>Caffeine and cigarette smoking may decrease effectiveness of medication therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Instruct patients and family regarding tyramine-containing foods and signs and symptoms of hypertensive crisis </li></ul>
  54. 54. Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Antipsychotics—Phenothiazines </li></ul><ul><li>Instruct patients to wear sunscreen due to photosensitivity </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid taking antacids or antidiarrheal preparations within 1 hour of a dose </li></ul><ul><li>Do not take alcohol or other CNS depressants with these medications </li></ul>
  55. 55. Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Antipsychotics—Phenothiazines </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term haloperidol therapy may result in tremors, nausea, vomiting, or uncontrollable shaking of small muscle groups; these symptoms should be reported to the physician </li></ul><ul><li>Oral forms may be taken with meals to decrease GI upset </li></ul><ul><li>These agents may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or fainting; instruct patients to change positions slowly </li></ul>
  56. 56. Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Monitor for therapeutic effects: </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor mental alertness, cognition, affect, mood,ability to carry out activities of daily living, appetite, and sleep patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor the patient’s potential for self-injury during the delay between the start of therapy and symptomatic improvement </li></ul>
  57. 57. Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Monitor for therapeutic effects </li></ul><ul><li>For antidepressants: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved sleep patterns and nutrition, increased feelings of self-esteem, decreased feeling of hopelessness, increased interest in self and appearance, increased interest in daily activities, fewer depressive manifestations or suicidal thoughts or ideations </li></ul></ul>
  58. 58. Psychotherapeutic Agents: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Monitor for therapeutic effects </li></ul><ul><li>For antipsychotics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved mood and affect, alleviation of psychotic symptoms and episodes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decrease in hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, garbled speech, inability to cope </li></ul></ul>

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