Cholestyramine

 
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Cholesterol

Cholestyramine is prescribed as adjunctive therapy to diet for the reduction of elevated serum cholesterol in patients with primary hypercholesterolemia.

Cholestyramine is prescribed for the relief of pruritus associated with partial biliary obstruction.

Cholestyramine is prescribed to patients who are suffering from abnormally high blood cholesterol levels.

Without a Prescription

Cholestyramine is prescribed to lower cholesterol levels in people who also have hypertriglyceridemia, a condition in which an excess of fat is stored in the body.

Cholestyramine is prescribed to lower cholesterol levels in the blood of people with primary hypercholesterolemia.

Cholestyramine is prescribed to relieve itching associated with gallbladder obstruction.

Dosage

ADULTS

The starting dose is 1 single-dose packet or 1 level scoopful, 1-2 times daily.
The usual dosage is a total of 2 to 4 packets or scoopfuls daily divided into 2 doses preferably at mealtime.

Overdose

Symptoms of overdose may include:
- Cholybar;
- Locholest light;
- Locholest;
- Novo-Cholamine Light;
- Novo-Cholamine;
- PMS Cholestyramine;
- Prevalite;
- Cholestyramine Light;

Side Effects

Side effects may include:
- Throat closure;
- Swelling of your tongue lips or face;
- Nausea;
- Indigestion;
- Increased heart beat;
- Hives;
- Hiccups;
- Headache;
- Flatulence or bloating;
- Drowsiness or dizziness;
- Difficulty breathing;
- Diarrhea;
- Decreased appetite or heartburn;
- Cramps;
- Constipation;
- Chest pain;
- Bloody black or tarry stools;
- An allergic reaction;
- Abnormal bruising or bleeding;
- Abdominal pain;

Brand Names

Other synonyms:
- Vasosan;
- Resincolestiramina;
- Quantalan;
- Prevalite;
- Novo-Cholamine;
- Locholest;
- Lipocol;
- Kolestran;
- Efensol;
- Colestyr;

Contraindications

Cholestyramine is contraindicated in patients with complete biliary obstruction where bile is not secreted into the intestine and in those individuals who have shown hypersensitivity to any of Cholestyramine components.

Cholestyramine is contraindicated if you are being treated for gallbladder obstruction.

Cholestyramine is contraindicated if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Cholestyramine or similar drugs.

Cholestyramine is contraindicated if you have:
- Constipation;
- Diabetes;
- Hemorrhoids;
- Hypothyroidism (under active thyroid);
- Kidney disorder;
- Liver disorder;
Without Prescription (2017)