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How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Cholestyramine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Cholestyramine may be taken with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Mix the powder with at least 150 mL of water or fruit juice. Stir to a uniform consistency before taking. Drink the mixture slowly. Do not hold the mixture in your mouth for prolonged periods as it can cause tooth decay and discolouration. Alternatively, you may also mix the powder with applesauce, pureed food or soup.
Do not take the powder in the dry form. Do not inhale the powder. You must drink plenty of fluids while taking Cholestyramine.
Cholestyramine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Cholestyramine even if there are signs of improvement. Do not stop taking Cholestyramine unless instructed by your doctor.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
For as long as you are taking Cholestyramine, you will need to have regular blood tests to monitor your body's response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these blood tests.
Inform your doctor immediately if you experience any unusual bruising, bleeding of the gums or blood in your stool.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you suffer from gall bladder disease, intestinal (bowel) blockage, constipation, swallowing disorders or phenylketonuria (a condition where you are deficient in an enzyme to break down the amino acid phenylalanine).
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Long-term treatment with Cholestyramine may cause a deficiency of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K) as well as folic acid. Ask your doctor if it is necessary for you to take vitamin supplements.
Why do I need this medicine?
Cholestyramine helps lower your cholesterol level.
Excessive cholesterol in your body can clog up your blood vessels. This can lead to many health problems such as strokes and heart disease, including heart attacks.
Cholestyramine is meant to be taken as part of a complete cholesterol management programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet and lifestyle.
What side effects could I experience?
Cholestyramine may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Common side effects of Cholestyramine stomach pain, nausea, bloating, wind, constipation, loss of appetite and headache.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects are bothersome or refuse to go away.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Do not take Cholestyramine at the same time as other medicines. Cholestyramine reduces the effectiveness of most medicines if taken at the same time. If you are taking other medicines, take them 1 hour before or at least 4 hours after you have taken Cholestyramine.
Alert your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:
- warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)
- thyroid medicines
- heart or blood pressure medicines that contain hydrochlorothiazide
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.