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Why would you ask the patient to identify the pros and cons? I don’t get the approach here!

someduck3  There was a question about this in Uworld. for *stubborn* patients who are "not ready to quit" just yet you use the motivational approach. The technique acronym is OARS: Open ended questions, Affirmation, Reflect, Summarize.
yotsubato  Additionally the guy himself says "I know smoking is bad for me" Like he knows its bad, he doesnt care, but give him nicotine replacement and maybe he'll quit...
usmleuser007  I didn't think nicotine replacement was a good answer choice b/c if he isn't ready to quit then why would he agree to use alternatives.
usmleuser007  People who smoke and are addicted like the feel of the cigs and environmental ques. Using replacements would be more challenging. The second best answer choice would have been Rx.
titanesxvi  why not detail the long-therm health effects of smoking?
seracen  @ titanesxvi: I assume because they always like the most "open ended" response. If you start detailing the long term effects, the patient might interpret that as attempting to convince, and might resist or feel pressured. By having the patient elucidate what they consider pros and cons, you allow it to be an open discussion.

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What is this medication being described here? Can someone chime in.

thatyummyslice  Nitrates i believe! NO --> increased cGMP in vessel smooth muscle --> myosin light chain dephosphorylate --> vascular smooth muscle RELAX --> Dilate (primarily in venous) AKA more venous capacitance --> LOWER preload and workload for heart.
marbledoc  Thanks! Thought it was nitrates too from the Q stem. But had no clue it was notorious for headaches (only thought of hypotension, dizziness, etc) so doubted it all together. But you’re absolutely right apparently it’s the most common side effect!
dr.xx  Previously, Ferid Murad et al. described that organic nitrates, such as nitroglycerine, induce vasodilation by release of nitric oxide, activating soluble guanylyl cyclase and subsequent cyclic guanosine monophosphate formation.7 These discoveries rendered Robert Furchgott, Louis Ignarro, and Ferid Murad the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1998. https://anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org/article.aspx?articleid=2085806




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What is this medication being described here? Can someone chime in.

thatyummyslice  Nitrates i believe! NO --> increased cGMP in vessel smooth muscle --> myosin light chain dephosphorylate --> vascular smooth muscle RELAX --> Dilate (primarily in venous) AKA more venous capacitance --> LOWER preload and workload for heart. +2  
marbledoc  Thanks! Thought it was nitrates too from the Q stem. But had no clue it was notorious for headaches (only thought of hypotension, dizziness, etc) so doubted it all together. But you’re absolutely right apparently it’s the most common side effect! +  
dr.xx  Previously, Ferid Murad et al. described that organic nitrates, such as nitroglycerine, induce vasodilation by release of nitric oxide, activating soluble guanylyl cyclase and subsequent cyclic guanosine monophosphate formation.7 These discoveries rendered Robert Furchgott, Louis Ignarro, and Ferid Murad the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1998. https://anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org/article.aspx?articleid=2085806 +