What is Cholestyramine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Cholestyramine is used in the management of primary hypercholesterolemia. It is also used for itching (pruritus) associated with elevated levels of bile acids; diarrhea associated with excess fecal bile acids; binding toxicologic agents; and pseudomembranous colitis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Irritable bowel syndrome 42 18
Diarrhea 9 11
Microscopic colitis 6 1
Crohn's disease 5 5
Bowel irritability 4 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 13
Moderate 5
Mild 8
None 27

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cholestyramine

Side effect Patients
Constipation 11
Flatulence 3
Abdominal bloating 2
Jarisch-Herxeimer reaction 2
Abdominal pain 1
Allergic reaction to vitamin ingredient 1

Show all 18 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cholestyramine

Dosage Patients
4 g/5 g daily 2
2 x 4 g/5 g daily 2
1 other daily 1
1 PKT(S) daily 1
2 g twice daily 1
4 g daily 1
4.7 PKT(S) daily 1
4 g/5 g twice daily 1
8 g twice daily 1
5.5 g three times daily 1

See all 11 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Cholestyramine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 18
Side effects too severe 14
Other 13
Doctor's advice 10
Course of treatment ended 4
Personal research 1
See all 45 patients who've stopped taking Cholestyramine

Duration

Currently taking Cholestyramine

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Cholestyramine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 14
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 29
Usually 11
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 15
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 12
Not specified 34

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cholestyramine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Activated charcoal 1
Saccharomyces boulardii 1

Patients stopped taking Cholestyramine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Colesevelam (Welchol) 2
Dicyclomine (Bentyl) 2
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1 patient evaluation for Cholestyramine

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Jun 26, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for chronic mercury poisoning)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 4 g/5 g Daily

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