cholestyramine - oral, Prevalite, Questran (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking cholestyramine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: bloody diarrhea.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: stomach/intestinal disorders, recent major intestinal surgery, constipation, hemorrhoids.The sugar-free cholestyramine powder contains aspartame. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition that requires you to restrict your intake of aspartame (or phenylalanine), consult your doctor or pharmacist about using the sugar-free powder safely.Because this drug can interfere with the absorption of certain vitamins (such as vitamins A, D, E, K) when used for a long period of time, your doctor may direct you to take a multivitamin supplement. Take the multivitamin at least 1 hour before or 4 to 6 hours after taking your cholestyramine dose.Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially constipation.Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication.This medication is unlikely to pass into breast milk or harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: See also How to Use section.Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: raloxifene, warfarin.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents should call the US National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents should call a provincial poison control center.
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