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
  • More common
    Constipation
    Rare
    Loss of weight (sudden)
    Some cholestyramine side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

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