Post your answers to the 5 questions corresponding to this week’s content on primary care medication management. Provide your responses and rationales. Support your rationales with high-level evidence. (See Post Expectations)
Eric Johnson is a 21-year-old Caucasian male who is in his senior year of college. The patient has a history of seasonal allergies. He does not remember what his allergist told him to take for his allergies in the past. He wants to know what he can take. He presents to the clinic today with complaints of a stuffy nose, shortness of breath, fever TMAX 102 at home, and a productive cough. He also notes that over the past few months he has also noticed a watery discharge and burning when he urinates. He does admit to having unprotected intercourse last month. He undergoes rapid testing and a chest x-ray while in the clinic. His diagnoses are pneumonia, chlamydia, and seasonal allergies.
Clinic Vital Signs: BP 125/75, HR 116, Temp 102.5, O2 94%. He has no known drug allergies.
Q1. What are the recommended medications to start this specific patient on? Please provide the drug class, generic & trade name, and the initial starting dose.
Q2. Please discuss the mechanism of action of each of the drugs you listed.
Q3. Please discuss the side effect profile of each medication you listed.
Q4. Are there any interactions between any of the medications you prescribed?
Q5. What other non-pharmacological interventions would be suggested?