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Take questran (cholestyramine) for loose bm. Tingle/brief pains daytime left side upper back. Not at night or when lay down. Today.Top ribs hurt when cough.Related?

Take questran (cholestyramine) for loose bm. Tingle/brief pains daytime left side upper back. Not at night or when lay down. Today.Top ribs hurt when cough.Related?

Questran (cholestyramine): Possible. Questran (cholestyramine) causes allergies,GI effects gas, bloating, stomach pain; tingling/pain in left back may be allergy or colonic irritation as colon is high in back (almost mid scapula). Timing of the pain to Questran (cholestyramine) dosing?Same for the rib pain (referred irritation of colon).Alternatively could be viral/bacteria infection(pneumonia-mycoplasma), cold, since you are coughing. F/U w/doc today ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Cholestyramine (Definition)

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Does alcohol cancel out the benefits of cholestyramine?

Does alcohol cancel out the benefits of cholestyramine?

Alcohol: Alcohol has manifold effects on the body's systems. Many of these effects are deleterious. Cholestyramine has limited effects. Taken in significant doses, alcohol's manifold negatives will likely outbalance the limited positives of cholestyramine in an individual. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter alternative for cholestyramine?

Is there an over-the-counter alternative for cholestyramine?

Sort of.: Several otc alternatives to Cholestyramine are touted by various alternative medicine groups. The most popular, as far as i can tell, is a short-chain fatty acid called butyrate, but neither it nor any similar product has been proven safe or effective. I would strongly suggest checking with your doctor before using any such products. ...Read more

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Son had gallbladder out many years ago. He constantly has dumping syndrome still after everything he eats. Tried questran, correct eating. Any advice?

Son had gallbladder out many years ago. He constantly has dumping syndrome still after everything he eats. Tried questran, correct eating. Any advice?

Insufficient info: Dumping syndrome usually occurs after gastric surgery, not gallbladder surgery. Vagal nerve damage is one cause, but your son needs an extensive evaluation by a gastroenterologist. He may not have dumping syndrome. you list his conditions to include vaginal dryness and hot flashes. ? ...Read more

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Which is better? Cholestyramine or colestipol?

Which is better? Cholestyramine or colestipol?

Better lipid med: It depends is the best answer. These are both good meds depending on the type of elevated lipid. Cholestyramine is used to lower triglycerides and other fats by preventing absorption in the intestine, so if you have a high fat diet this may be a better medicine for you. ...Read more

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What are bile salts (cholestyramine)?

What are bile salts (cholestyramine)?

Bile binders: These salts bind bile and take it out of your system. They can be helpful in some situations. Cholestyramine also lowers cholesterol indirectly. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of crohn's, cholestyramine and entocort?

What are the symptoms of crohn's, cholestyramine and entocort?

Pain & bloody stools: Crohns disease is an inflammatory bowel disorder which causes bloody stools and pain. Cholestyramine & end ivory are medications. ...Read more

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How long does cholestyramine start working?

A few days: If you're treating jaundice, you should see improvement within a week or two. ...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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Is cholestyramine or colestipol better drug?

Neither --: They are both as good or as bad -- they are acting locally in the bowel to bind the fat and cholesterol and theoretically reduce the absorption of fat and thus reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood. ...Read more

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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

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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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I have diarrhea everyday and the dr prescribed prevalite, (cholestyramine) but I am still having accidents where i mess myself, what should I do?

I have diarrhea everyday and  the dr prescribed prevalite, (cholestyramine) but I am still having accidents where i mess myself, what should I do?

Diarrhea: Severe diarrhea and incontinence are not likely to be alleviated by Cholestyramine alone without a specific etiology of the GI abnormalities delineated. Go see a gastroenterologist and be fully evaluated. This does not sound like a simple irritable bowel syndrome, but only a full work-up will tell. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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