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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
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
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
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
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
Subsequent to cholescystectomy severe pains described as bile reflux after endoscopy. Questran (cholestyramine) prescribed?
Cholecystectomy: Your post says you have diagnosis and also prescription. So what is your question? ...Read more
Gallbladder removal 2014 constant diorreaha since. 19yr old- questran doesn't work nor colveslam or Imodium (loperamide) have lost over 2 stone as result help?
19 year old lady with chronic diarrhea with weight loss.
Studies show that chronic diarrhea can be split up into fatty or malabsorbtive states, inflammatory, or watery (watery is most common). According to the Mayo Clinic, post cholycystecomy chronic diarrhea is highly uncommon but may occur due to laxative effect of more bile entering the large intestine. You need a Gastroenterology consult. ...Read more
I get periods of severe itching all over my body which has been successfully treated with questran (cholestyramine) in the past, but doesn't work now. What can I do?
See below: These are symptoms that require a thorough evaluation by your doctor. There are other types of medication. ...Read more
Son had gallbladder removed 7 yrs ago. Still always dumping syndrome after meals. Questran (cholestyramine) doesn't help. Is this common for gb removal? Any advice?
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
Was in ER for terrible back spasms into upper abdomen. Like being squeezed. I felt debilitated : (prescription for questran & bentyl (dicyclomine). Does this seem right?
Hopeful: You had to go to the ed for back spasms. You were given medications and hopefully these will work. Talk to your local pharmacist. Strong narcotics don't block muscle spasm so the ed physician gave you muscle relaxant. Rest your back well or it may recur. You can walk. Let your primary care doctor know of your visit so he/she can anticipate how best to treat you before returning to ed. ...Read more
Began vomiting after eating guacamole at a family gathering. 1 other person also became ill. Day 2 I have developed bad diarrhea. Can I take questran (cholestyramine)?
No- see your doc...: Food poisoning / GI infections from food typically results in a defense mechanism in your body of evacuation (you are literally trying to get the "stuff" out of your body). Cholestyramine essentially slows the progession of feces through your system; if there is infection, you are extending its presence. This medication is not recommended until you are sure you don't have an infection. ...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
Equal: In my experience, they're about the same. ...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
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
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
I have been on cholestyramine for 10 days to clear arava (leflunomide) from my system. How long will this non-stop itching last?
I have severe diarrhea after gallbladder removal. Questrin and whelcol helps for a short time but still have major problems with diarrhea?
Bile diarrhea: After gallbladder removal or ERCP sphincterotomy bile enters the upper intestine more freely. Bile can be irritating to the intestine and colon in some people and you may be one of those sensitive to bile. Questran (cholestyramine) is a bile binder and usually manages this type of diarrhea. You may increase your questran (cholestyramine). Okay to check with your surgeon and GI doc about this problem. ...Read more