A client is taking large doses of aspirin daily to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Which of the following side effects should the nurse instruct the client to report?
1. Abdominal cramps.
Tinnitus or ringing in the ears is a sign of aspirin toxicity and should be reported. Clients should be instructed to take aspirin as prescribed and to avoid overdosage. Gastrointestinal symptoms associated with aspirin include nausea, heartburn, and epigastric discomfort caused by gastric irritation. Abdominal cramps, rash, and hypotension are not related to aspirin therapy.
CN: Pharmacological and parenteral therapies; CL: Analyze