Cholestyramine

How It Works:

Choltran 5mg sachet binds to bile acids and prevents their reabsorption from the intestine. The liver then produces more bile acids to replace that has been lost. Because the body use cholesterol to make bile acids, the level of cholestrol in blood is reduced.

Side Effects:

Constipation, Flatulence

Used For:

Choltran 5mg sachet is used in the treatment of increased cholesterol levels in blood

Instructions:

  • Inform your doctor before taking the drug if you have phenylketonuria.
  • Children may require administration of folic acid with cholestyramine. Cholestyramine is not recommended for children less than 6 years of age.
  • Make sure you take other prescribed medicines atleast one hour before taking cholestyramine as the drugs may affect absorption of cholestyramine.
  • Avoid alcohol intake while taking this drug as it may increase the level of cholesterol in the blood.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is cholestyramine safe?
Cholestyramine is relatively safe if used as prescribed. In case of any side-effects, please consult your doctor

Q. Is cholestyramine used for diarrhea?
Yes. Cholestyramine is used to treat diarrhea associated with various diseases

Q. Is cholestyramine a statin drug?
No. Cholestyramine is a bile acid-binding resin, not a statin drug

Q. Is cholestyramine gluten-free?
Yes. Cholestyramine is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use

Q. Can I take cholestyramine with Imodium?
Cholestyramine may be taken with Imodium (loperamide) if prescribed by your doctor

Q. Does cholestyramine cause constipation, diarrhea, gas, hair loss or increased triglycerides?
Cholestyramine is expected to cause side-effects such as constipation and gas. It is not expected to cause diarrhea, hair loss or increased triglycerides. If you notice any such changes, please consult your doctor.
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