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20 years ago I had my gallbladder removed. About 2 years ago I started having problems w/ bowel incontinence (I would have loose stools and not make it to the restroom). My family doctor sent me a colon-rectal surgeon who said that surgery usually mad...
by Deb in Chandler, AZ, 03/09/2006
For 10 years and until 2 years ago, I took the drugs listed above (even Mevacor) and suffered from debilitiating muscle and bone pains. Not until I went off of these meds did I experience relief of these symptms. My cholesterol which dropped at its lo...
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Questran (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information
Questran (Oral) Medication Classification
CHOLESTYRAMINE (By mouth)
Questran (Oral) Brandname
Questran Light, Questran, Prevalite
Questran (Oral) is used for the Treatment
Cholestyramine (koe-less-TEER-a-meen) Lowers high cholesterol levels. Also treats severe itching caused by liver disease.
When To Not Use Questran (Oral)
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to cholestyramine.
How Should You Use Questran (Oral)
Powder for Suspension, Packet
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Take this medicine just before eating or with meals.
- You should not use the powder in dry form. Mix in 4 to 6 ounces of water, fruit juice, or milk until completely dissolved. Drink this mixture right away. Rinse the glass with more liquid and drink that too, so you get all of the medicine.
- You may also mix the powder medicine in thin soup, with soft fruits such as fruit cocktail or crushed pineapple, or with milk in breakfast cereal.
- Drink several glasses of liquids each day while using this medicine. If a dose is missed:
- Take the missed dose as soon as possible.
- Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
- You should not use two doses at the same time.
Proper Questran (Oral) Storage
Store Questran (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Questran (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Questran (Oral)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using Coumadin®.
- Cholestyramine may change the way many other medicines work. Take other medicines 1 hour before or 4 to 6 hours after you take cholestyramine.
- Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you need help deciding the best time to take your medicines.
Questran (Oral) Warnings
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have thyroid problems, diabetes, gallbladder disease, stomach problems, heart disease, kidney disease, or liver disease.
- Questran Light® contains aspartame (Nutrasweet®). If you have phenylketonuria you should avoid using this product.
- Before you stop using this medicine, talk with your doctor.
- This medicine is used with diet, exercise, and weight loss in overweight patients to control high cholesterol levels. To lower and keep your cholesterol normal, all of these are important.
Questran (Oral) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Rash or hives
- Wheezing or trouble breathing.
- Unusual bleeding such as nosebleeds or bleeding gums
- Severe stomach pain If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Upset stomach
- Heartburn, gas or bloating