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The patient has been prescribed oxymetazoline (Afrin). What medication information should the nurse provide?
 
  1. Be certain to wash your hands after using this spray.
  2. Do not swallow any medication that drips into your mouth.
  3. It may take several days before this medication is effective.
  4. Do not drink grapefruit juice while taking this medication.
  5. Take this medication exactly as directed as there is no antidote if you overdose.
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Rationale 1: The patient should carefully wash hands after administration to prevent inadvertent exposure of the eyes.
Rationale 2: The patient may develop systemic effects if extra medication is swallowed.
Rationale 3: The drug works quickly and should not be used for long periods of time.
Rationale 4: There is no reason for the patient to avoid grapefruit juice.
Rationale 5: While there is no specific treatment for overdose, there is no reason to alarm the patient. Instructions are easy to follow, and overdose is very unlikely.

Global Rationale: The patient should carefully wash hands after administration to prevent inadvertent exposure of the eyes. The patient may develop systemic effects if extra medication is swallowed. The drug works quickly and should not be used for long periods of time. There is no reason for the patient to avoid grapefruit juice. While there is no specific treatment for overdose, there is no reason to alarm the patient. Instructions are easy to follow, and overdose is very unlikely.
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