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    Cholestyramine

    Information about Cholestyramine

    Cholestyramine uses

    Cholestyramine is used in the treatment of high cholesterol.

    How cholestyramine works

    Cholestyramine is a bile acid binding agent. It removes bile acid from the body. The liver then produces more bile acids using cholesterol. Because the body use cholesterol to make bile acids, the levels of cholesterol in the body is lowered.

    Common side effects of cholestyramine

    Constipation

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    Expert advice for Cholestyramine

    • Lowers ""bad"" cholesterol (LDL) and raises ""good"" cholesterol (HDL).
    • Regular exercise and low-fat diet further helps to lower levels of fat in the blood.
    • Can be used with other medications to lower cholesterol.
    • Can delay or decrease the absorption of certain medicines such as digoxin, warfarin and thyroxine. You may take them 1 hour before or 4 hours after taking Cholestyramine.
    • Always take Cholestyramine with food and a full glass of water.
    • A multivitamin supplement containing vitamins A, D, and K, and β-carotene is recommended when taking Cholestyramine.

    Frequently asked questions for Cholestyramine

    Cholestyramine

    Q. Is Cholestyramine safe?

    Cholestyramine is relatively safe if used as prescribed. In case of any side-effects, please consult your doctor

    Q. Is Cholestyramine used for diarrhea?

    Yes. Cholestyramine is used to treat diarrhea associated with various diseases

    Q. Is Cholestyramine a statin drug?

    No. Cholestyramine is a bile acid-binding resin, not a statin drug

    Q. Is Cholestyramine gluten-free?

    Yes. Cholestyramine is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use

    Q. Can I take Cholestyramine with Imodium?

    Cholestyramine may be taken with Imodium (loperamide) if prescribed by your doctor

    Q. Does Cholestyramine cause constipation, diarrhea, gas, hair loss or increased triglycerides?

    Cholestyramine is expected to cause side-effects such as constipation and gas. It is not expected to cause diarrhea, hair loss or increased triglycerides. If you notice any such changes, please consult your doctor.

    Content on this page was last updated on 04 January, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)