Brian, a patient with schizophrenia, has been ordered an antipsychotic medication. The medication will likely benefit him, but there are side effects; in a small percentage of patients, it may cause a dangerous side effect. After medication teaching, Brian is unable to identify side effects and responds, â€œI wonâ€™t have any side effects because I am iron and cannot be killed.â€ Which response would be most appropriate under these circumstances?
a. Administer the medication because Brian has made a decision to take the medication, and care should be patient-centered.
b. Petition the court to appoint a guardian as a substitute for Brian, as he is unable to comprehend the proposed treatment.
c. Administer the medication because Brianâ€™s need for treatment is the clear priority.
d. Withhold the medication until Brian is able to identify the benefits and risks of both consenting and refusing consent to the medications.