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A patient started taking ramipril earlier in the week for the treatment of hypertension. At her latest clinic visit, she has stated that she now has a nagging, dry cough. How should the nurse best follow up the patient's statement?
A)Inform the patient that the drug should be immediately discontinued.
B)Inform the patient that this is an adverse effect of the medication that may lead to pneumonitis.
C)Explain why it will be necessary to obtain a sputum sample.
D)Explain that drugs like ramipril often cause a cough.
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Abrams' Clinical Drug Therapy: Rationales for Nursing Practice
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ACE inhibitors may precipitate a cough and may necessitate discontinuation of the drug. This is not, however, an emergency or an indication of lung infection or lung inflammation.

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