Nitroprusside (Nitropress) Nursing Considerations

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Generic Name


Trade Name



hypertensive crisis, cardiogenic shock


peripheral vasodilation of arteries and veins decreasing preload and afterload

Therapeutic Class


Pharmacologic Class


Nursing Considerations

• monitor HR, BP, and EKG continuously during therapy
• may cause cyanide toxicity
• sympathomimetics may decrease effectiveness
• PAOP monitoring may help with MI and CHF patients

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Hey guys, let’s talk about Nitropress eye also known as a nitro press. This is an injectable medication, as you can see here, Nitropress eye as a substance. So the therapeutic class or how the drug work in the body is an anti-hypertensive and the pharmacologic class is a vasodilator. And remember, this is the chemical effect of the drug. So Nitropress side works by peripheral vaso, dilation of arteries and veins decreasing preload and afterload, which is why we use Nitropress side for hypertensive crisis, as well as Carde shock. So with Nitropress side, sometimes we can see side effects that include flushing, skin rash, and also nausea, a few nursing considerations for Nitropress side, monitor your patient’s heart rate, blood pressure and EKG. And it’s important to know that Matics may decrease the effectiveness of Nitropress side Nitropress side may also cause cyan toxicity. So with this cyanide toxicity kits should be available because Nitropress eye does contain cyanide molecules and can create an issue in your patient also to help with your patients who have MI or your CHF patient, it’s helpful to monitor P a O P also guys teach your patients to tell their provider. 

If they have a history of head injury, if they have a brain tumor seizures, anemia, or hypertension, okay, here is a little help, full tip for Nitropress eye. And you may already know this, but Nitropress is very sensitive to light exposure. So this means that all bottles, bags and syringes of this drug should be covered with an Amber bag or aluminum foil have always seen it be covered with a dark Amber dark brown bag. Nitropress eye it’s light brown in color. So if your medication does not have this color, it should definitely not be used on your patient. That’s it for Nitropress or Nitropress now go out and be your best self today. And as always happy nursing.

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