The nurse is teaching a client about alendronate sodium (Fosamax). Which statement by the client indicates a need for further teaching?

  1. “I should take this with a meal.”
  2. “I will call my doctor if I develop a fever.”
  3. “I should not lie down for at least 30 minutes.”
  4. “Dairy products reduce the absorption of this medicine.”
Number 1 is correct.
Rationale: Fosamax should be taken with water at least 30 minutes before breakfast or other medications. Clients should report fever and not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking Fosamax. Food, especially dairy, interferes with absorption.