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Genetics: Production of bile salts is one of the many crucial functions of our liver. This is an innate metabolic function programmed by our genes. Bile salts are essential for proper digestion & detoxification. Unfortunately gallbaldder removal interferes with having adequate bile to digest fats, so it may be wise to take ox bile supplements. Certain herbs & foods can stimulate bile production. See comment:. ...Read more
Numerous: Some of the more common side effects of Cholestyramine include mild constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, loss of appetite, weight changes, bloating or gas, and hiccups or a sour taste in your mouth. There are others as well, and if you experience serious ones, such as black, tarry stools, blood in the urine, persistent constipation, or severe abdominal pain, you should call your doctor. ...Read more
Yes, if treated.: Bile is secreted from the liver and stored in the gallbladder. After a meal the gallbladder contracts and the bile enters the small intestine where it emulsifies fat ands aids fat digestion. The bile is reabsorbed in the terminal ileum. Surgical removal of the terminal ileum causes bile to enter the colon causing diarrhea. It can also lead to bile acid deficiency and fat malabsorption>steatorrhea ...Read more
Unfortunately no.: No. However, the reason you are probably having diarrhea is bile is constantly being introduced into the small intestine and not being completely reabsorbed before entering the large intestine. This causes irritation of the right colon and thus diarrhea. You can bind the bile by taking metamucil and thus decrease the irritation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a medication i can take to ease the frequency of my bile salts after gallbladder removal?
I had my gallbladder removed in September. I've been experiencing increased acid reflux symptoms since. Could this be healed by taking bile salts?
Acid reflux: Acid reflux may be a separate problem, more noticeable since your gallbladder surgery. Start with TUMS (calcium carbonate), (calcium carbonate) they are inexpensive and available without prescription. Then get in to see your regular doc, report the results with TUMS (calcium carbonate). You may need a prescription or EGD, (a scope to look at esophagus and stomach). Be well. ...Read more
Take 6 x625mg cholestagel for bile salt malabsorbtion,doctor wants to increase to 8 x625 is this more than the recommended maximum dose?
Yes: That would be higher than the recommended maximum dose of 3750mg a day. Would expext higher incidence of side effects. Whether a higher dose is more effective, I cannot say. ...Read more
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