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Supposedly I am allergic to Araba. Info says it will stay in your body for up to 2 years. I’ve been given prevalite (cholestyramine) to clean my system. Dr. says 2 weeks to clean out my system. Is this right?
Approximately: The Arava (leflunomide) levels essentially return to zero in 7-10 days with Prevalite washout so 2 weeks is a reasonable estimate. ...Read more
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
How questran (cholestyramine) can help IBS & diarrhoea? & is there any equivalent to this medication since its not available where I live?
Questran (cholestyramine) binds: Bile acids. Try Librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) or donnatal. ...Read more
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
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
Equal: In my experience, they're about the same. ...Read more
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
Questran (cholestyramine): Questran (cholestyramine) can be used for management of high lipids. It is not usually a first line agent, but used in patients who are sensitive to statins or have elevated triglycerides that have not responded to statin therapy. It is usually added to another therapy. ...Read more
Drugs. Com: Cholestyramine has been assigned to pregnancy category c by the fda. Because Cholestyramine is not absorbed after oral administration, direct fetal harm is not expected. Impairment of absorption of fat soluble vitamins and other nutrients as well as effects of reduced lipid concentrations may be of concern, although the drug has been used successfully during pregnancy.. ..More. ...Read more
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
Could be tried: Questran (cholestyramine) binds up bile acid salts. If this is the cause of the diarrhea, it may help. If the cause of the diarrhea is something else, like shortened bowel after surgery or due to chemotherapy, it may not make a difference. For diarrhea that has not responded to the usual medications, it may be worth a try. ...Read more
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
Not likely: Chlorella is from alga and can improve the effects of the immune system and help with clotting. Anyone taking immunosuppressive medication should avoid it. As like many other green vegetables it has lots of Vitamin K, so will interfere with warfarin, an anticoagulant medication. ...Read more