My firend who takes Questran cannot stand the sweetness of this product. Is
there an alternative? An unflavored version?
There are only two options.
Questran Light (cholestyramine) is a drug which absorbs bile acids in the intestines. There are two forms of Questran: the standard Questran, which contains cholestyramine and sucrose, and Questran Light, the low-calorie form which contains cholestyramine and aspartame (aspartame is an artificial sweetener). It's worth noting that artificial sweeteners can cause gastrointestinal symptoms in some people, including diarrhea, and some IBS sufferers may be sensitive to the aspartame in Questran Light.
Powder for suspension with aspartame (strawberry flavor [LoCHOLEST], unflavored [Prevalite, Questran Light]): 4 g cholestyramine/packet or scoop
Powder for suspension (strawberry flavor [LoCHOLEST], unflavored [Questran, generic]): 4 g cholestyramine/packet or scoop
There is a third not well known option. You can get pure cholestramyne powder from a
compounding pharmacy. They can order it for you. Your insurance may or may not cover it
and might if your doctor asks that it be covered (say because you are allergic to food colorings
in all other forms of questran) like I am. Be warned though, the powder is as light as air, smells (but
does not taste) like dead fish... and the texture going down is the equivalent of drinking sand.
However I take it twice daily and am happy to do so. I have IC a bladder condition and cannot
consume the colorings in regular Questrans (light or regular). I hope this helps someone.
- Questran Information for Consumers
- Questran Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Questran (detailed)
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