Cholestyramine

FDA Approved: * August 15, 1996
Pharm Company: * SANDOZ
Category: Cholesterol

* This drug may consist of multiple approval dates, manufacturers, or distributors. If applicable, they would be listed below under "NDC Database Records".



Cholestyramine Overview

Colestyramine (INN) or cholestyramine (USAN) (trade names Questran, Questran Light, Cholybar, Olestyr) is a bile acid sequestrant, which binds bile in the gastrointestinal tract to prevent its reabsorption. It is a strong ion exchange resin, which means it can exchange its chloride anions with anionic bile acids in the gastrointestinal tract and bind them strongly in the resin matrix. The functional group of the anion exchange resin is a quaternary ammonium group attached to an inert styrene-...

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Recent Cholestyramine Forums: RSS Feed

Cholestyramine for diarrhea
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I do have high cholesterol and high triglycerides(sp?) but the Cholestyramine was prescribed for me for diarrhea and such since my gall-bladder surgery. i am confused as it is not on the instructions re: what I went to the doctor to have "fixed"? I was losing my stools 3 or 4 times per day. ## Cholestyramine can be used to treat diarrhea, because it makes bile acids, such as those that may be secreted after gall bladder surgery, from being osmotically active. When they are osmotically active, they attract more water from the body into the bowel, which can cause diarrhea. It may cause side effects, such as: constipation, nausea, tooth discoloration and premature tooth decay. Learn more: Is there anything else I can help with? ## To Verwon: Thank you so very much for this post/rep...
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CHOLESTYRAMINE
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Assuming recommended dosage of Sandoz chlolestyramine powder is once a day, when is the best time to take it ? At bedtime ? An hour after breakfast ? An hour after evening dinner meal ? It is my understanding the powder should not be taken too soon after a meal.and/or before a meal. ## From what I've found, it's just said that it should be taken before meals, but it doesn't list any one in particular for this dosing, such as before breakfast or dinner. Learn more Cholestyramine details here. Have you consulted your doctor? They may have a better idea of when it would be best for you to take it. The most common side effect associated with it is constipation. ## Take this medication before a meal and/or at bedtime, and try to take any other medications at least 1 hour before o...
Updated 8 hours ago.
 
Cholestyramine and soda
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I found a way to drink that crap down. I put it in a can of orange soda, stir it well!! Darn if it's not easy to take. Great to take it early then don't take any drugs for four hours. After that you are home free!! I'm just grateful because my life is nearly normal and I'm as sane as I'll ever be!!?? ## Hello, Maria! How are you? That's a great idea and I'm glad it's working so well for you. I'm sure this information will also help others. It can also be mixed in soups, or fruits such as applesauce. As listed by the FDA, it's most common side effects is constipation. Is there anything else I can help with? ## The paperwork I received with mine says not to use it with carbonated drinks. ## I thought it couldn't be mixed with a carbonated bevera...
Updated 1 month ago.
 
cholestyramine flavor
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For the past six months, I've taken cholestyramine~ 4 scoops a day. I've discovered that (silk brand) coconut milk interacts with cholestyramine and makes it frothy! And it masks that factory taste! Chunky applesauce also adds texture. Anyhow, the cholestyramine is working! ## Hello, Blue! How are you? That's awesome! I'm glad you've discovered something that works. The prescribing information provided by the FDA also says that it can be mixed with soups or other fruits, such as chunky pineapple, as long as their is enough liquid. The typical side effects of this medication may possibly including dizziness, drowsiness and constipation. Is there anything I can help with?
Updated 1 year ago.
 
Cholestralomine
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Is Cholestralomine a statin? ## Hello, Judy! How are you? I'm sorry, did you mean Cholestyramine? If so, no. It is a bile acid sequestrant. But through its action, it can lower plasma cholesterol levels. Its most common side effects are constipation, tooth discoloration, increased risk of gallstones and increased triglyceride levels. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 3 years ago.
 
cholestyramine for itching
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I have chronic itching due liver disease. My dr. said that taking cholestyramine may help. Can you offer any insight ## Hello, Viktoria! How are you doing? I'm very sorry about your health issues. Cholestyramine helps remove bile acids from the body and in many case where someone has a liver problem, the symptoms they experience such as the itching, are due to it not being properly processed out, anymore. So yes, it may help you, others have had success with it. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 3 years ago.
 
Diarrea following gall bladder removal
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Assuming recommended dosage of Sandoz chlolestyramine powder is once a day, when is the best time to take it ? At bedtime ? An hour after breakfast ? An hour after evening dinner meal ? It is my understanding the powder should not be taken too soon after a meal.and/or before a meal. ## Actually, the directions list that it should be taken before meals. Learn more Cholestyramine details here. But they don't specifically say that it should be before breakfast, lunch or dinner. Have you asked your doctor about it? They may have specific reasons you should take it at a certain time.
Updated 4 years ago.
 
chlolestyramine
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Assuming recommended dosage of Sandoz chlolestyramine powder is once a day, when is the best time to take it ? At bedtime ? An hour after breakfast ? An hour after evening dinner meal ? It is my understanding the powder should not be taken too soon after a meal.and/or before a meal. ## The prescribing information for this drug states that you can take it "1-6 times daily". Quoted below are the dosing, administration, & preparation guidelines from the manufacturer: "The suggested time of administration IS AT MEALTIME but may be modified to avoid interference with absorption of other medications. Although the recommended dosing schedule is twice daily, Cholestyramine for Oral Suspension USP powder may be administered in 1 to 6 doses per day. Cholestyramine for Oral Suspens...
Updated 4 years ago.
 
cholestyramine for oral suspension, usp light
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distributed by apothecon does blue cross cover this medication ## Does cholestyram come in pill form? ## I have never seen it as a pill form. I have been taking it for 18 years daily. ## Does anyone need this product. My patient is no longer on and has several boxes of left. ## Can you tellme how much thisproductwould cost without insurance? Also is there a way to donate as product is no longer needed?
Updated 4 years ago.
 
Cholestyramine versus Cholestyramine
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I have been using Cholestyramine powder for a long time for digestive problems. It works great, now my prescription provider will not cover it but will cover Cholestyramine Light. Is there a difference and what is it? ## Cholestyramine Light is just one of a few brand names for Cholestyramine. They do contain the same ingredient, but may be used in a different manner than the powdered form. I haven't been able to confirm if the Light version is an oral tablet or something else. User guidelines note that: Cholestyramine is available as powder form, in 4 gram packets, or in larger canisters. In the United States, it can be purchased either as a generic medicine, or as Questran or Questran Light (Bristol-Myers Squibb). You can view more information about this medication in the link bel...
Updated 4 years ago.
 

Possible Dosages for this and Related Drugs:

Cholestyramine
  • Powder: eq 4gm resin/packet, eq 4gm resin/scoopful
  • Powder for Reconstitution: 4g, 4g/5.5g, 4g/5g, 4g/9g, 4g/pack, 5g/scoop
  • Tablet: eq 1gm resin, eq 800mg resin
Note: Above list includes dosages for all drugs with the same combination of active ingredients.

NDC Database Records for Cholestyramine: (9 results)

Sorted by National Drug Code
  • 0185-0940 Cholestyramine 4 g/9g Oral Powder, for Suspension by Eon Labs, Inc.
  • 0245-0536 Cholestyramine 4 g/9g Oral Powder, for Suspension by Upsher-smith Laboratories, Inc.
  • 49884-465 Cholestyramine 4 g/9g Oral Powder, for Suspension by Par Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  • 49884-466 Cholestyramine 4 g/5g Oral Powder, for Suspension by Par Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  • 54868-4812 Cholestyramine 4 g/9g Oral Powder, for Suspension by Physicians Total Care, Inc.
  • 54868-5526 Cholestyramine 4 g/5g Oral Powder, for Suspension by Physicians Total Care, Inc.
  • 60429-355 Cholestyramine 4 g/9g Oral Powder, for Suspension by Golden State Medical Supply, Inc.
  • 68382-529 Cholestyramine 4 g/5.5g Oral Powder, for Suspension by Zydus Pharmaceuticals (Usa) Inc.
  • 70771-1070 Cholestyramine 4 g/5.5g Oral Powder, for Suspension by Cadila Healthcare Limited

Other drugs which contain Cholestyramine or a similar ingredient: (3 results)


Possibly related Cholestyramine Topics:

Cholestyramine for diarrhea I do have high cholesterol and high triglycerides(sp?) but the Cholestyramine was prescribed for me for diarrhea and suc... 86 replies
CHOLESTYRAMINE Assuming recommended dosage of Sandoz chlolestyramine powder is once a day, when is the best time to take it ? At bedtim... 4 replies
cholestyramine for oral suspension, usp light distributed by apothecon does blue cross cover this medication ## Does cholestyram come in pill form? ## I have never se... 4 replies
Cholestyramine and soda I found a way to drink that crap down. I put it in a can of orange soda, stir it well!! Darn if it's not easy to tak... 3 replies
Cholestyramine versus Cholestyramine I have been using Cholestyramine powder for a long time for digestive problems. It works great, now my prescription prov... 2 replies
cholestyramine flavor For the past six months, I've taken cholestyramine~ 4 scoops a day. I've discovered that (silk brand) coconut mi... 1 reply
cholestyramine for itching I have chronic itching due liver disease. My dr. said that taking cholestyramine may help. Can you offer any insight ## ... 1 reply
Cholestyramine for Oral Suspension, USP Light I am looking for the above product which is the generic name for Questran Lite Orange (CAN) 268GM manufactured by APOTHE...




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