A patient with liver disease is prescribed colestipol 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 may 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 jaundice or tinnitus. Only one case of night blindness has been reported, so it is not a common side effect.

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