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What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• If you have diabetes, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have gallbladder disease, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have PKU, talk with healthcare provider. Some products do contain phenylalanine.

• Do not take any other medicines within 4-6 hours of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

• Belly pain.

• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

• Headache.

• Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.

• Bloating.

• Diarrhea.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work (cholesterol panel). Talk with healthcare provider.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.

• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

• Severe nausea or vomiting.

• Severe belly pain.

• Severe constipation.

• Severe diarrhea.

• Any rash.

• Unusual bruising or bleeding.

• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

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What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• If you have diabetes, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have gallbladder disease, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have PKU, talk with healthcare provider. Some products do contain phenylalanine.

• Do not take any other medicines within 4-6 hours of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

• Belly pain.

• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

• Headache.

• Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.

• Bloating.

• Diarrhea.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work (cholesterol panel). Talk with healthcare provider.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.

• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

• Severe nausea or vomiting.

• Severe belly pain.

• Severe constipation.

• Severe diarrhea.

• Any rash.

• Unusual bruising or bleeding.

• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

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Cholestyramine resin decreases production of LDL ("bad") cholesterol.

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This medicine comes in powder or bar form and can be used alone or in combination with another cholesterol-lowering agent. Follow the diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider. Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless you are told to drink less liquid by your healthcare provider.

Powder:

  • Mix with 1/2 cup of milk, fruit juice, or broth.
  • Let stand for 1-2 minutes before mixing.
  • May also mix with applesauce or crushed pineapple.

Bar:

  • Chew thoroughly before swallowing.
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Cholestyramine (Questran) is used to lower cholesterol and other harmful types of cholesterol in the body.

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Cholestyramine resin decreases production of LDL ("bad") cholesterol.

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