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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Cholestyramine (Definition)

Cholestyramine is a bile acid reducer which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...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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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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Are you prescribed questran (cholestyramine) for high cholesterol.?

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

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

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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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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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Please explain why isn't questran (cholestyramine) is used for diarrhea in cancer patients?

Please explain why isn't questran (cholestyramine) is used for diarrhea in cancer patients?

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

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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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How long does it take for vancocin (vancomycin) & questran take to begin working for c diff?

How long does it take for vancocin (vancomycin) & questran take to begin working for c diff?

Longer than you need: The two should not be used together. The Cholestyramine (questran) given to bind the c. Difficile toxin will also bind the vancomycin. Would stop the Cholestyramine and see someone more familiar with treating this potential fatal intoxication. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Chronic Diarrhea: 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

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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?

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?

Yes: The gall bkadder emuksifies fat loads and reduces dumping, so this to be expected. How to adjust? Less saturated and total fat in diet overall, more leaner meats such as poultry and fish instead of red meat, eat more grass fed beef if eating beef. See a nutritionist to fine tune! ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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)?

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

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Is cholestyramine or colestipol better drug?

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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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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Bile salts (cholestyramine) and pregnancy?

Bile salts (cholestyramine) and pregnancy?

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

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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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What is an over-the-counter replacement for cholestyramine?

What is an over-the-counter replacement for cholestyramine?

Here's one: If used for high cholesterol, the newer alternative is called welchol, (colesevelam) which is also by prescription but it tastes much better than cholestyramine. ...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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Would someone taking blood pressure meds and cholestyramine hurt from taking chorella?

Would someone taking blood pressure meds and cholestyramine hurt from taking chorella?

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

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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 been on cholestyramine for 10 days to clear arava (leflunomide) from my system. How long will this non-stop itching last?

Discontinue: You may be having a histaminic reaction to the cholestyramine. I'd stop the medication or take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to see if the itching improves. Tell the prescribing doctor, they will likely switch you to a different drug. ...Read more

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I have severe diarrhea after gallbladder removal. Questrin and whelcol helps for a short time but still have major problems with diarrhea?

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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Questran (Definition)

Questran is a bile acid reducer which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more


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