Published: 3 December 2020


Test your knowledge: The Prescriber Update quiz 2020

Published: 3 December 2020
Prescriber Update 41(4): 70

December 2020

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  1. When prescribing medicines for older patients, how can the anticholinergic burden be reduced?
    1. Avoiding, reducing or deprescribing medicines with anticholinergic activity
    2. Replace medicines with alternatives that do not have anticholinergic activity
    3. Start treatment at a low dose and increase slowly to the lowest effective dose
    4. All of the above
  2. True or False: Oral zinc may increase the absorption of copper.
  3. A patient taking empagliflozin experiences nausea, anorexia, abdominal pain, excessive thirst, difficulty breathing, confusion and sleepiness. Their blood glucose is normal. What should you do?
  4. If concomitant use of azathioprine and allopurinol is necessary, what should the azathioprine dose be reduced to?
    1. 10 percent of the recommended dose
    2. 25 percent of the recommended dose
    3. 75 percent of the recommended dose
    4. No dose reduction is necessary
  5. Sweet syndrome:
    1. Is associated with medicines that reduce the production of white blood cells
    2. Is treated with antibiotics
    3. Only affects the eyes and mouth
    4. None of the above.
  6. Patients with a deficiency of CYP2D6 may have [increased / reduced] effect from tramadol.
  7. For patients who have undergone major gastrointestinal surgery, which of the following are recommended strategies which can be used to manage their medicines?
    1. Dose by weight
    2. Use extended release formulations
    3. Use medicines which can be monitored where possible
    4. Switch to a non-oral form of the medicine if available
  8. Which of the following is a possible adverse reaction to long-term treatment with nitrofurantoin?
    1. Peripheral neuropathy
    2. Chronic interstitial lung disease
    3. Autoimmune-like hepatitis
    4. All of the above
  9. Name two medicines associated with the development of fistulas.
  10. Exposure to which synthetic progesterone may increase the risk of meningioma?

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