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Cholestyramine Information

Cholestyramine Benefits & Uses

Cholestyramine is used to treat the following -

Cholestyramine Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

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Ingredients of Cholestyramine


Cholestyramine Side Effects

Based on research, the following side effects have been observed when Cholestyramine is used -

  1. Constipation Moderate
  2. Abdominal Pain Mild
  3. Nausea or vomiting
  4. Irritability
  5. Rash
  6. Flatulence Unknown
  7. Diarrhoea
  8. Dizziness Unknown
  9. Loss of appetite
  10. Belching
  11. Weight Change

Cholestyramine Related Warnings

Is the use of Cholestyramine safe for pregnant women?

Cholestyramine may have some side effects during pregnancy. Pregnant women should discontinue the use of Cholestyramine, and talk to their doctor, if they notice any discomfort.


Is the use of Cholestyramine safe during breastfeeding?

Cholestyramine is safe for breastfeeding women.


What is the effect of Cholestyramine on the Kidneys?

Cholestyramine may cause harmful effects on kidney. if you feel its having any such effect, then stop taking this drug, and restart only on your doctor's advice.


What is the effect of Cholestyramine on the Liver?

Cholestyramine can have moderate side effects on the liver. If you notice any harmful effects then stop taking this drug right away. Consult your doctor before using this medicine again.


What is the effect of Cholestyramine on the Heart?

Cholestyramine is rarely harmful for the heart.


Severe Interaction of Cholestyramine with Other Drugs

Cholestyramine should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

Cholestyramine Contraindications

If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Cholestyramine unless your doctor advises you to do so -

  1. Dehydration
  2. Kidney Disease
  3. Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  4. Hypothyroidism
  5. Constipation

Frequently asked Questions about Cholestyramine

Is this Cholestyramine habit forming or addictive?

No, you will not get addicted to Cholestyramine.


Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?

Yes, you can operate a vehicle or heavy machinery after taking Cholestyramine since it does not cause drowsiness.


Is it safe?

Yes, but consume Cholestyramine only on doctor's advice.

Safe, but take only on Doctor's advise

Is it able to treat mental disorders?

No, the use of Cholestyramine in mental disorders is not effective.


Cholestyramine Interactions with Food and Alcohol

Interaction between Food and Cholestyramine

Some foods when eaten with Cholestyramine can alter the onset of actions. Discuss this with your doctor.


Interaction between Alcohol and Cholestyramine

Chances of side effects of drinking alcohol while taking Cholestyramine are low. If you feel any adverse effects, please seek medical advice as soon as possible.

This medicine data has been created by -
Dr. Md Saadullah
M.Pharma, Pharmacy
3 Years of Experience
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Dr. Vikas Chauhan
B.Pharma, Pharmacy
2 Years of Experience
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