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How effective is Cholestyramine (Questran) for treating atherosclerosis?

How effective is Cholestyramine (Questran) for treating atherosclerosis?

Very little effect: Basically it diminishes absorption of fat in the gut. Remember that only one third of your blood cholesterol is absorbed by the intestine and two thirds are made by your liver. You diminish cholesterol very little compared to statins (if they can be tolerated). There is no other known dramatic effect by which Questran (cholestyramine) treats atherosclerosis ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Cholestyramine (Definition)

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What is questran (cholestyramine) used for?

What is questran (cholestyramine) used for?

Binding Bile Salts: Questran (cholestyramine) is a bile acid sequestrate that works by binding bile salts and cholesterol preventing their absorption in the GI tract. With decreased cholesterol absorption the liver makes more low density lipoprotein (ldl) receptors, decreasing the number of LDL particles (ldl-p) in the blood. However, Questran (cholestyramine) can cause increased triglyceride (tg) synthesis and higher blood tg levels. ...Read more

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Have been told questran (cholestyramine) can not be given as out off stock but qquestran (cholestyramine) light dies not agree with me ?

See your Pharmacist: Discuss this with your pharmacist and they may wish to speak with your physician about your specific problems. ...Read more

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When using questran (cholestyramine) do you have to be careful using antibiotics?

When using questran (cholestyramine) do you have to be careful using antibiotics?

Yes - or any drug: Questran (cholestyramine) is a old medication for lowering cholesterol by binding bile salts in the intestine, and thereby removing cholesterol from the body. It also binds most medications, thereby preventing them getting into you to work. You should try to take Questran several hours away from any other medication. ...Read more

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Are you prescribed questran (cholestyramine) for high cholesterol.?

Are you prescribed questran (cholestyramine) for high cholesterol.?

Be careful: While Questran (cholestyramine) can be used to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, it should not be used to lower trigylerices (fats in the blood). In fact, Questran (cholestyramine) may actually raise trigylerides. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can you take antibiotics if using questran (cholestyramine)?

Can you take antibiotics if using questran (cholestyramine)?

Questran (cholestyramine): Some antibiotics are not well absorbed if taken at the same time as questran (cholestyramine). Try taking the antibiotic at a different time of day than the questran (cholestyramine). ...Read more

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