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Cholestyramine (Questran) - Overview
Cholestyramine powder is a medication used to help lower cholesterol levels. People in need of a cholestyramine prescription can connect with licensed medical providers through Push Health who can prescribe cholestyramine when safe and appropriate to do so.
Cholestyramine - Mechanism of Action
Cholestyramine, similar to colestipol, is an agent known as a bile acid sequestrant used to lower cholesterol. Cholestyramine resin binds with bile acids in the intestines to form a complex that is excreted in the feces. It does so through an ion exchange process using its resin. By increasing the excretion of bile, more cholesterol is used up in the synthesis of new bile to replace the lost bile acids. Cholestyramine is prescribed less frequently for cholesterol reduction as newer drugs such as atorvastatin and simvastatin have replaced them. Cholestyramine for diarrhea is still used as cholestyramine can help improve diarrhea when malabsorption of bile acids occurs in disease states such as Crohn's disease.
Cholestyramine - Dose and Cost
Cholestyramine is insoluble in water and generally found as cholestyramine powder. The typical starting dose depends on the prescribing medical provider but is often cholestyramine 4 g per day. Cholestyramine powder is frequently mixed with water or other beverages for oral administration. Cholestyramine is somewhat affordable at approximately 15 cents per gram at many pharmacies. Cholestyramine's cost may be covered by some insurance plans and cholestyramine coupons may be available online as well. Cholestyramine powder should be stored between 15° C and 30° C.
Can I Buy Cholestyramine Online?
Cholestyramine requires a prescription from a medical provider before it can be dispensed by a pharmacy in the United States. Therefore, cholestyramine powder is not available over the counter and one cannot just buy cholestyramine online. Push Health helps connect people who need a prescription for cholestyramine with a medical provider who can prescribe cholestyramine if appropriate to do so.
Cholestyramine - Side Effects
Cholestyramine can cause side effects just like other medications. Side effects from cholestyramine use include anorexia, constipation, nausea, vomiting, flatulence and stomach pain. Cholestyramine can also increase triglyceride levels and cause electrolyte abnormalities. Cholestyramine powder can also interact with other drugs when used concomitantly and care should be taken when cholestyramine is used in the setting of chronic medical conditions. People who have had a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to cholestyramine should not use the medication. Cholestyramine and alcohol should not be used together. Concerns and questions regarding the side effects of cholestyramine should be discussed with one's pharmacist and medical provider before using the medication.
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Last updated October 25, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.