A patient with liver disease is prescribed colestipol, a bile acid sequestrant, for the treatment of hyperlipidemia. Which of the following common side effects should the nurse include in the patient's medication instructions?


• Bile acid sequestrants commonly cause constipation and can be used to treat diarrhea associated with bile acid malabsorption. 

• Bile acid sequestrants bind to bile in the GI tract and can be used safely in a patient with active liver disease. 

• Incorrect: Bile acid sequestrants are not known to cause tinnitus. Jaundice and elevated liver enzymes are not known side effects of bile acid sequestrants, but may be associated with acute liver disease. 

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