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A client taking cholestyramine (Questran) to lower lipid levels should be monitored for possible deficiency of which vitamin(s)?

1. Niacin
2. Folic acid
3. Vitamins A and D
4. Vitamin B12

Explanation

Clients who are taking cholestyramine (which is a bile resin) should be monitored for fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies (vitamins A, D, E, and K), as the gastrointestinal side effects of the medication can lead to reduced absorption. Niacin, folic acid, and vitamin B12 (options 1, 2, and 4) are all examples of B complex vitamins that are water-soluble. Using the process of elimination and knowledge that a deficiency of fat-soluble vitamins occurs with medications that lower lipid levels to select the correct answer. Options 1, 2, and 4 are all water-soluble, and can therefore be eliminated.

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Andrew
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