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BoardVitals NCLEX® Practice Question
A nurse is teaching a client who has a new prescription for valproic acid. The nurse should instruct the client he will need to have which of the following laboratory tests completed periodically while taking this medication? (Select all that apply.)
A. Platelet count
D. Liver function
Correct Answers: A, C, D
A) Treatment with valproic acid can result in thrombocytopenia, or a decreased platelet count. The client’s platelet count should be monitored periodically.
C) Treatment with valproic acid can result in pancreatitis. The client’s amylase levels should be monitored periodically. If the client develops manifestations of pancreatitis, valproic acid should be discontinued.
D) Treatment with valproic acid can result in hepatotoxicity. The client’s liver function should be monitored periodically.
Incorrect Answers: B, E
B) Treatment with valproic acid should not affect a client’s hematocrit levels. However, the client’s WBC count should be monitored because valproic acid might cause leukopenia.
E) Treatment with valproic acid is not known to have an effect on a client’s potassium levels.
RN Practice Connection: Valproic acid is used to treat seizures, bipolar disorder, and migraine headaches. Gastrointestinal effects are the most common adverse effect, and are usually transient. Valproic acid is highly teratogenic. Valproic acid should be avoided by women who might become pregnant, unless it is the only anti-epileptic medication that is effective. Severe adverse effects of valproic acid are hepatotoxicity and pancreatitis.
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