Because of IBS associated with Fibromyalgia, WITHOUT this drug, I vacillate between constipation and diarrhea. Yet this drug is not prescribed to me as a PRN. It is prescribed as a once a day drug. There are also warnings about discontinuing. Has anyone had discontinuance difficulty?
Hello nobodyzsukey, & welcome to the site. Sorry no one has answered your question before now. Cholestyramine is used to lower cholesterol in individuals with high cholesterol is probably why it is prescribed to you on a daily basis. Yes people with fibromyalgia seem to have a relation with irritable bowel syndrome , but that is because of the trigger points in the bowel area.I have fibro, & also IBS in the past. I recently started adding magnesium to my supplements & walla! No more IBS or constipation. If diarrhea is the problem you might want to add more fiber to bulk up the stool. If constipated, magnesium at 500 to 1000 mg a day will do the trick.Magnesium is the main ingredient in Milk of Magnesia. I take magnesium for bone, nerve & muscle & immune health, but found the added benefit of no more IBS. I am giving you the link below concerning cholestyramine. It should give you any reasons for sudenly stopping this med. If not there are links at the bottom of the page you can also access. Good luck & wishing you well...
- Cholestyramine Information for Consumers
- Cholestyramine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cholestyramine (detailed)
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