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Questran light

Generic Name: Cholestyramine Resin (koe LES teer a meen REZ in)
Brand Name: Prevalite, Questran, Questran Light
Easy-to-read patient leaflet for Questran Light. Includes indications, proper use, special instructions, precautions, and possible side effects.

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Drug Information:
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Questran Light (Cholestyramine resin). Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Questran Light (Cholestyramine resin) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor. Use Questran Light (Cholestyramine resin) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely. Learn more

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Questran light Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about cholestyramine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Questran Light.

For the Consumer

Applies to cholestyramine: oral powder for suspension

In some animal studies, cholestyramine (the active ingredient contained in Questran Light) was found to cause tumors. It is not known whether cholestyramine causes tumors in humans.

Along with its needed effects, cholestyramine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking cholestyramine:

Rare

  • Black, tarry stools
  • stomach pain (severe) with nausea and vomiting

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking cholestyramine:

More common

  • Constipation

Rare

  • Loss of weight (sudden)

Some side effects of cholestyramine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • nausea or vomiting
  • stomach pain

Less common

  • Belching
  • bloating
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • headache

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to cholestyramine: compounding powder, oral powder for reconstitution

General

The most frequently reported side effect is constipation.

Gastrointestinal

Intestinal obstruction occurred rarely and 2 deaths in pediatric patients were reported.

Very common (10% or more): Constipation

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Tongue irritation, irritation of perianal area, abdominal discomfort/pain/distention, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heartburn, dyspepsia, steatorrhea

Rare (less than 0.1%): Intestinal obstruction

Frequency not reported: Rectal bleeding, black stools, hemorrhoidal bleeding, bleeding from known duodenal ulcer, dysphagia, hiccoughs, ulcer attack, sour taste, pancreatitis, rectal pain, diverticulitis, eructation, dental bleeding, dental caries, calcification of gallbladder, tooth discoloration, erosion of tooth enamel

Cardiovascular

Frequency not reported: Claudication, angina, arteritis, thrombophlebitis, myocardial infarction, myocardial ischemia, postprandial angina increased

Musculoskeletal

Common (1% to 10%): Osteoporosis

Frequency not reported: Backache, arthritis, muscle/joint pain

Hematologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Bleeding

Frequency not reported: Prothrombin time increased, prothrombin time decreased, anemia, hypoprothrombinemia

Metabolic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anorexia, hyperchloremic acidosis, Vitamin A deficiency, Vitamin K deficiency

Dermatologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rash, skin irritation

Frequency not reported: Ecchymosis, xanthoma of hands/fingers, urticaria

Hepatic

Frequency not reported: Liver function test abnormal

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Headache, paresthesia, syncope, dizziness, drowsiness, femoral nerve pain

Other

Frequency not reported: Vertigo, weight loss, weight gain, glands swollen, edema, chest pain, tinnitus

Ocular

Frequency not reported: Arcus juvenilis, uveitis, night blindness

Genitourinary

Frequency not reported: Hematuria, dysuria, burnt odor to urine, diuresis

Respiratory

Frequency not reported: Asthma, wheezing, shortness of breath

Psychiatric

Frequency not reported: Libido increased

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Questran Light (www.drugs.com/cdi/questran-light.html).