A client with pulmonary edema is ordered IV hydrocortisone (Solu-Cortef) 40 mg b.i.d. Which laboratory value would the nurse expect to see as a result of this therapy?

  • elevated magnesium
  • lowered magnesium
  • elevated glucose
  • lowered glucose
Number 3 is correct.
Solu-cortef (hydrocortisone sodium succinate) is a corticosteroid hormone (glucocorticoid) used as an anti-inflammatory agent for numerous diseases. It is known to elevate (not lower) glucose level. The effect on magnesium is insubstantial.