cholestyramine - oral, Prevalite, Questran (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, usually 1 to 2 times daily or as directed by your doctor. This medication comes as a powder with doses measured by the scoopful (using the provided scoop) or in individual dose packets. Do not take your dose in the dry powder form. Just before taking your dose, mix it into at least 2 to 6 ounces (60 to 180 milliliters) of liquid (such as water, fruit juice). Stir the mixture thoroughly, and drink all of it immediately. Rinse your glass with more liquid and drink the rinse liquid to be sure that you receive the entire dose. You may also mix this medication with watery soups, cereals, applesauce, or pulpy fruit (such as crushed pineapple, fruit cocktail).Do not hold the mixture in your mouth for long since doing so can damage your teeth. Maintain good oral hygiene (such as brushing and flossing regularly).The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. It may take several weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug.Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.Cholestyramine may decrease the absorption of other medications you may be taking. Therefore, take other medications at least 1 hour before or 4 to 6 hours after taking your cholestyramine dose.
SIDE EFFECTS: Constipation, stomach pain/cramping, gas, nausea, and vomiting may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.To help prevent constipation, maintain a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise. If you become constipated while using this drug, consult your pharmacist in selecting a stool softener or a laxative.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if this unlikely but serious side effect occurs: unusual bleeding/bruising.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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