Questran Lite (Cholestyramine Resin)
What is Questran Lite (Cholestyramine Resin) used for?
Questran Lite (Cholestyramine Resin) is used to reduce the levels of cholesterol in the blood. By lowering cholesterol, this medication helps to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke. It works by reducing the amount of bile acid in the blood, which forces the liver to use more cholesterol in order to make bile acid, thereby lowering the cholesterol levels in the blood. This medication may also be used to treat the itching caused by a blockage in the bile ducts of the gallbladder, known as partial biliary obstruction.
How should I use Questran Lite (Cholestyramine Resin)?
Questran Lite (Cholestyramine Resin) comes in the form of a powder. Patients should mix the a sachet of powder with a glass of water. The exact dosage is different for each patient, depending on the condition being treated. Adult patients may be directed to take it up to 6 times per day, depending on their condition's severity. However, patients should consult their physician before taking this medication in order to determine the correct dosage. Never exceed your prescribed dosage.
What are the side effects of Questran Lite (Cholestyramine Resin)?
Some side effects have been reported by patients taking Questran Lite (Cholestyramine Resin), which include:
Patients noticing any of the following rare but serious side effects should consult their physician immediately:
Your physician may advise you to take a multivitamin supplement while taking Questran Lite (Cholestyramine Resin), in order to prevent the medication from interfering with your body's absorption of nutrients.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Questran Lite (Cholestyramine Resin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions (especially hemorrhoids, constipation, and kidney disease), or if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallow.