Cholestyramine

Information about Cholestyramine

Cholestyramine uses

Cholestyramine is used in the treatment of increased cholesterol levels in blood.

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.

Available Medicine for Cholestyramine

  • ₹31 to ₹48
    Ajanta Pharma Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹1200
    Medi-Globe Corporation
    1 variant(s)

Expert advice for Cholestyramine

  • Inform your doctor before taking the drug if you have phenylketonuria.
  • Children may require administration of folic acid with cholestyramine. Cholestyramine is not recommended for children less than 6 years of age.
  • Make sure you take other prescribed medicines atleast one hour before taking cholestyramine as the drugs may affect absorption of cholestyramine.
  • Avoid alcohol intake while taking this drug as it may increase the level of cholesterol in the blood.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

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
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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 20 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)