2. Edema has a history of heart failure and hypertension. Hisphysician has recently added Lisinopril to his drug regimen. Hecomes to the office complaining of a dry cough that developedshortly after this new medication was started and he “can’t take itanymore”! The prescriber decides to discontinue the lisinopril andbegin valsartan (Diovan).
A. What was responsible for the cough and why did the prescriberchange to a new drug?
B. How do ARBs work?
C. What assessments and actions should the nurse perform beforeadministering losartan and what kinds of things should be monitoredafterward?
D. What teaching would you provide the patient and the familyregarding this new medication?