Questran (Cholestyramine)

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What is Questran (Cholestyramine) prescribed for?

Cholestyramine, along with the use of a proper diet, can lower cholesterol in the blood, which in turn helps to decrease the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Alongside a proper diet, such as a low cholesterol/low fat diet, other lifestyle changes may be included with your treatment. Exercising, losing weight if already overweight, and to quit smoking, all may benefit you since it will help the medication work better.

This medication is known as a bile acid-binding resin, and it functions by removing bile avid from the body. In people with high cholesterol, this causes the liver to make more bile avid by using the cholesterol in the blood, and overall helps to lower the cholesterol levels.

Cholestyramine may also be used to treat itching in people with too much bile acid caused by a certain type of liver/bile duct disease (partial biliary obstruction).

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, consult with your doctor or pharmacist on the matter. Take this medication directly has prescribed, and make sure to read the instructions on the prescription label.  And if you have any concerns, speak with your medical professional.

This medication is taken by mouth, usually 1 to 2 times a day. This medicine comes in the form of powder with does measured by the scoopful or in individual packets. Do not take your dose in the dry powder form.

Mix the medication in at least 2 to 6 ounces of a liquid such as water, milk, or a fruit juice. Stir completely and then drink right away.  Then rinse your glass and then drink the rinse liquid to be sure you have taken the entire dose. You may also mix the powder with watery soups, applesauce, and pulpy fruit which has a lot of juice, such as a crushed pineapple and peaches.

Don not hold the mixture in your mouth for long since doing so can damage your teeth. And remember the dosage is based on your medical condition and your overall response to the treatment.

To reduce the risk of any side effects your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and then gradually increase your dose as times goes on.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Cholestyramine; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform your doctor of your Medical history, especially if you have ever had the following; constipation, hemorrhoids, kidney disease.

Some products may contain sugar or aspartame. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.

Because this drug can interfere with the absorption of certain nutrients (such as folic acid, fat-soluble vitamins including A, D, E, K), your doctor may direct you to take a multivitamin supplement. Consult your doctor for more information.

While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Constipation, stomach/abdominal pain, gas, nausea, and vomiting may occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.

To prevent constipation, eat dietary fiber, drink enough water, and exercise. You may also need to take a laxative. Ask your pharmacist which type of laxative is right for you.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: severe stomach/abdominal pain, unusual bleeding/bruising, rapid breathing, confusion. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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