A patient with congestive heart failure is prescribed lisinopril, 10 mg P.O. daily. The nurse should inform the patient about which common side effect?


• Dry cough and hypotension are the most common side effects associated with ACE inhibitors such as lisinopril. Many patients cannot tolerate the dry cough and must be switched to an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) for the management of congestive heart failure 

• Incorrect: Dry eyes, confusion, and weight gain are not associated with the use of ACE inhibitors.  However, weight gain (especially rapid) can be associated with worsening CHF and should be reported to the patient's medical provider 

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