Cholestyramine helps reduce cholesterol (fatty acids) in the blood. High cholesterol is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis (clogged arteries).

Cholestyramine is used to lower high levels of cholesterol in the blood, especially low-density lipoprotein (LDL) (“bad” cholesterol).

Cholestyramine powder is also used to treat itching caused by a blockage in the bile ducts of the gallbladder.

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  • Cholestyramine Light, Prevalite, Prevalite Packets, Questran, Questran Light, Questran Light Packets, Questran Packets, Locholest, Locholest Light
  • Rare
    Black, tarry stools
    stomach pain (severe) with nausea and vomiting
    Severity: Moderate
    If any of the following side effects occur while taking cholestyramine, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

    More common
    Constipation
    Rare
    Loss of weight (sudden)
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with cholestyramine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Heartburn or indigestion
    nausea or vomiting
    stomach pain
    Less common
    Belching
    bloating
    diarrhea
    dizziness
    headache
  • (oral powder for reconstitution, compounding powder)