cholestyramine - oral, Prevalite, Questran
GENERIC NAME: CHOLESTYRAMINE - ORAL (KOE-le-STYE-ra-meen)
BRAND NAME(S): Prevalite, Questran
USES: This medication is used with a proper diet to lower cholesterol in people with high levels of cholesterol in the blood. Lowering cholesterol decreases the risk of heart disease and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks.Cholestyramine may also be used to treat symptoms of severe itching in people with a certain liver condition (partial biliary obstruction).This medication belongs to a class of drugs called bile acid-binding resins. Bile acid is a natural substance the liver makes by using cholesterol. This medication works by removing bile acid from the body. This causes the liver to make more bile acid by using cholesterol, which reduces cholesterol levels in the blood.In people with partial biliary obstruction, extra bile acid gets into the skin and can cause severe itching. This medication removes extra bile acid and therefore reduces itching.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This medication may also be used to treat diarrhea in people with certain medical conditions (such as colitis, short bowel syndrome).
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