Questran is used to deal with reducing blood cholesterol levels. It is utlizied along with change in diet. It increases the deduction of bile acids from the human body, once the body starts losing bile acid, it swaps them by changing cholesterol from the blood to bile acids. This results in the decrease of cholesterol from the blood. It is also used in relieving itching caused by biliary obstruction. It may also be used for some other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Composition of Questran
Each sachet of the drug contains 4 gm of anhydrous colestyramine (a basic anion-exchange resin). It also contained 421 mg of sucrose per gram of powder (3.79 gm per sachet). The list of excipients is:
- Anhydrous citric acid
- Orange juice flavour
- Polysorbate 80
- Propylene glycol alginate
Uses of Questran
The risk of strokes attacks is greatly decreases with the lowering of cholesterol from the blood. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To decrease the effects you should consult your doctor to start your medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. It might decrease the absorption of other medications.
Side-effects of Questran
According to the study related to animal, Cholestyramine is the active and important ingredient contained in this drug named Questran. It causes tumors. Cholestyramine may cause side-effects that need medical care. Some of them are:
- Black or tarry stools
- Stomach pain
- Loss of weight (sudden)
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Stomach pain
Contraindications of Questran
Before taking this drug, you should mention to doctor if you have allergy to it. This drug contains other inactive ingredients which can cause reactions.. Caution is advised to patients suffering from:
- Kidney disease
- Phenylketonuria (PKU)
Before having an operation, tell your specialist or dentist about all the medications you are using. Adults are more sensitive to the side-effects of this medicine, particularly constipation.
Questran and Pregnancy
A patient during pregnancy should be careful to this drug and should be prescribed only when urgently needed. It affects the absorption of some particular nutrients. Cholestyramine is not absorbed after oral administration, direct foetal harm is not expected. It should only be prescribed during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk. Before taking any medication, patient should consult with their doctor on a priority. You must take precautions given by your doctors.
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