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Questran Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Cholestyramine resin belongs to the class of medications known as bile acid sequestrants. When you will use this medicine in addition to diet and exercise, then this medication helps to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. It works by binding to cholesterol-like substances, known as bile acids, in the intestines.

Questran Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose is 1 single-dose packet or 1 level scoopful, 1 to 2 times daily.
  • For children, the use of Questranin infants and children is limited.

Uses of Questran

  • Cholestyramine is used to lower high cholesterol levels in the blood.
  • Cholestyramine is also used to remove substances known as bile acids from your body.

Side Effects of Questran

Before taken Questran medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Questran. Side effects may include:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Low levels of folate in the blood
  • Increased tendency to bleed due to vitamin K deficiency
  • High levels of chloride in the blood resulting in high acid levels

Warnings and precautions before taking Questran:

  • The safety of this medicine in pregnancy has not been established. So you should be used with caution during pregnancy.
  • If you have phenylketonuria, a genetic disorder, then you should tell your doctor before taking Questran Light because this product contains phenylalanine.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Questran with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Questran with the following:

  • Digitalis
  • Estrogens and progestins
  • Phenobarbital
  • Phenylbutazone
  • Propranolol
  • Spironolactone
  • Tetracycline
Overdose

No ill effects from an overdose have been reported. But after taken Questran if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect.


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