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User Reviews for Cholestyramine

Also known as: Cholestyramine Light, Locholest, Locholest Light, Prevalite, Questran, Questran Light

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Pruritus of Partial ...iary Obstruction 1 reviews 6 medications
   
10
Dumping Syndrome 5 reviews 0 medications
   
9.5
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 34 reviews 139 medications
   
9.0
Crohn's Disease 9 reviews 68 medications
   
8.8
Post-Cholecystectomy Diarrhea 12 reviews 0 medications
   
8.5
Hyperlipoproteinemia 1 reviews 43 medications
   
7.0
Hyperlipoproteinemia...Ia, Elevated LDL 1 reviews 29 medications
   
7.0
Summary of Cholestyramine reviews 63 reviews 8.5

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For Post-Cholecystectomy Diarrhea: "Cholestyramine powder did help with the diarrhea but I felt constant pressure and felt like I had to urinate every minute. I was up every 2hrs. during the night and finally due to exhaustion I quit taking it. I had just started the second can. My worst diarrhea is in the morning so I have to get up extra early to go anywhere because I need to visit the bathroom 4-5 times during the first 2 hour's after waking up."

   
2.0

Green thumb (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 20, 2017

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I've had stomach issues my entire life, complained about this to so many doctors and taken so many ineffective drugs. Finally found the right doctor who prescribed the right medication. I wish it hadn't taken so long. It's amazing to feel normal."

   
10

judy10021 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 7, 2017

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For Post-Cholecystectomy Diarrhea: "I had diarrhoea issues for years which was becoming progressively more frequent up the point where I had 6-9 episodes almost every day especially in the morning. A gastroenterologist discovered the excess bile acid in my bowel during colonoscopy and prescribed me Questran. It is not the most pleasant medicine but I am so grateful, I feel like a normal person again! Not having to be late all the time, search for toilets wherever just in case, panic when stuck in traffic... I take one sachet in the morning just before breakfast. My doctor mentioned that the best time to take it is when our body produces the acid which is very early in the morning. I have not experienced any side effects so far. Good luck to everyone."

   
10

Athina S (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 7, 2017

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For Post-Cholecystectomy Diarrhea: "For anyone that's had their gall bladder removed, you all know the pain that comes after. I was first prescribed this by accident because doctor thought I had a bile problem associated with gall bladder surgery. He precribed one scoop a day with water. It helped but I took for years and if I missed a day I felt it. A few years later went to a new doctor who knew what this was and he totally changed how and when to take. As soon as I went in to see him he had a half filled water bottle and I would fill the rest with 8 scoops. I would do this for 3 days, after that I would take 4 scoops for 4 days. It seemed crazy but it worked. After 3 days I became constipated and have never had to take again"

   
10

Cuauhxicalli (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 4, 2017

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For Post-Cholecystectomy Diarrhea: "I've been in hell for over a year after having gallbladder removed, severe diarrhea, weight loss, got down to 90 pounds, extreme abdominal pain, and nausea. I couldn't function normally. I have been on cholestyramine for two months and diarrhea is gone, still have abdominal pain, and some nausea. I now have bloating, and really bad nerve pain, muscle aches, and headache. The relentless nerve pain wakes me several times a night,and I feel like I'm being stabbed with an ice pike all over my body. In the morning my muscles are painful and weak, which makes it hard to walk. The side effects are miserable, but I can't go back to having the severe diarrhea and being afraid to get to far from the bathroom. Has anyone else had these side effects?"

   
5.0

T,Taylor (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 15, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "Hi, I've had EPIC D for 3 or 4 years and finally about 1 1/2 years ago was given Questran, which is amzing! But, like some of the other posts I've read it doesn't seem to be completely effective, I started on three doses a day but that seemed too much. Also, the original Doc who prescribed didn't tell me whether to take before or after the meal! He retired and the Doc that replaced him hasn't told me either, but about six months ago I read (somewhere on the web) you're suppose to take it 45 minutes before eating. Anyone have any thoughts about that? A pharmacist told me to take it right before I eat. Also, I'm on Creon - a digestive enzyme for pancreatic insufficiency"

   
8.0

Bunny444 November 27, 2016

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For Post-Cholecystectomy Diarrhea: "After having emergency gall bladder removal, I started having constant diahrrea. Unannounced, uncontrollable and awful. I went to doctor and was given Questran. After day one I never had any more problems. He said I would have to take it the rest of my life. Surely not,, because it costs $95.00 a can for 45 days. No side effects. If I get to feeling constipated, i stay off for one day and stay home near the bathroom."

   
10

Corine77 (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 24, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I was diagnosed with IBS-D almost 40 yrs ago. I've suffered and suffered all my life. About 10 yes ago I 'discovered' immodium which helped some for several years. I'd been taking it plus Bentyl for the past year but it seldom helped. I read about cholestyramine in forums, I already knew I had gallstones. So light bulb went off in my head and I realized my problem was likely bile acid malabsorbtion, at last for the past 5 yrs or longer. An awesome Physicians Assistant at nearby clinic read up about it and gave me a prescription for it. Saved my damn life I tell ya! There's 42 full scoop doses in a canister, which costs $35 (I don't have ins). But I only need to take 1/3-1/4 scoop a s day and some days I can even skip a dose. A lifesaver!!"

   
10

AmeliaBlue (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 16, 2016

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For Dumping Syndrome: "I too had my gallbladder out 15 years ago and immediately following removal gained 30lbs in three months and had constant loose bowels (dumping syndrome). My doctor had told me the weight gain was because I was now able to eat. His comment annoyed me. It just wasn't true. I knew it had to be something more than that. I had never been over weight before and my digestion just seemed so out of wack. I stayed away from the doctor and tried my own things. Diet, exercise...nothing worked. 10 years later I went to a new woman Dr. and she prescribed Cholestyramine. It works great. I take it 1 x per day. What I do notice however, is it must be taken with a lot of water or I will get heartburn. If I skip a dose my problem returns immediately."

   
9.0

ranngib September 20, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "Great drug and works like a charm. The only problem I found is it depletes your magnesium and potassium and I got muscle cramps so bad I thought I was having a heart attack. Even was rushed to hospital. The said, no heart attack. Finally, I figured it out on my own eleminating things because all the doctors wanted to do was push more drugs on me. Cannot take the drug. I have had part of my large colon removed due to Diverticulitis and then gall bladder surgery as well as adhesion removal surgery. For those that are able to take it, I highly recommend it."

   
3.0

shortcircuit2 September 16, 2016

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Questran (cholestyramine) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I developed a rash all over my back and shoulders i also had dizzy turns. I became constipated and the pain from passing motions was worse than my original bouts of constabt diarohea"

   
3.0

chrissy250 (taken for less than 1 month) September 1, 2016

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For Post-Cholecystectomy Diarrhea: "I have been using Cholestyramine powder for over three years now. I take it first thing in the morning with 6 oz. of water. I now have one normal movement what a relief. I ran out and missed a day and was back to cramps and running to the restroom. It has been an absolute lifesaver for me."

   
9.0

Lynnw61 August 28, 2016

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Questran (cholestyramine) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "It's very effective for bowel problems and reduced my pain to zero most of the time."

   
9.0

Mike10613 (taken for 5 to 10 years) August 25, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "The only problem I have is my bowels are not solid yet. I may need to take two does but they said to do the one packet first for awhile. After I drink it my stomach gurgles like crazy and still have a lot gas at night but the doctor said it could take time. No idea why my stomach gurgles after drinking the solution. I just put it in very cold water and down it goes. Make sure you brush your teeth afterwards."

Miata1950 (taken for less than 1 month) August 8, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I was on dicyclomine for about 2 years after having my gallbladder removed and barely worked, I was taking it before every meal but still experienced extreme cramping. One week with cholestyramine and all my symptoms vanished. It was absolutely amazing. I've been taking it for about 7 months and haven't had any problems since!"

   
10

Megan2293 July 22, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "Has worked extremely well since started, only reason for a 9 is eating too soon causes exhaustion and makes me go into a deep sleep for a couple hours. The pros outweigh the cons and I'm glad I can really eat my favorite foods again."

   
9.0

tj449 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 21, 2016

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For Post-Cholecystectomy Diarrhea: "Had gallbladder removed suffered with diarrhea.. friend said her doctor put her on Cholestyramine for same problem..I suggested to my MD and he wrote Rx..My life is back to normal! I take 1/2 packett in the morning other half before dinner..I can eat anything and no looking for a bathroom..I take it in apple juice..Have to make frequent dental appts .Be sure to brush after taking.."

   
10

Foreversaturday (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 10, 2016

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For Post-Cholecystectomy Diarrhea: "I've been suffering with terrible diarrhea after gallbladder removal surgery for 4months. This surgery and diarrhea have made me lose over 40 pounds thus far & taken my appetite. I've take levsin, lomotil, and those medications only helped somewhat with the terrible cramping I had and the Lomotil would make me get constipation some days, and other days the same dosage did nothing to help the terrible dumping syndrome symptoms. I was prescribed the orange flavored pkts. Twice before my heaviest meals. I'm not immediately dumping my meals like I previously was & my appetite is returning. Big win for me! I'm still fine tuning my dosage, and having some diarrhea so I can't give a 10."

   
9.0

HeatherJ78 July 9, 2016

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For Post-Cholecystectomy Diarrhea: "I started taking this medication about a month ago. Works fine, but I take it with water, and then go,brush my teeth. Now I feel like I have little ulcer like rash on the upper inside of my lip. No one told me this could happen. "

Jmpowell June 24, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I have had chronic diarrhea for the last 26 years. I have tried many, many different medicines, but none helped me except this. I cannot believe how good I feel now. My whole life consisted of knowing where the next bathroom was. I was prescribed to take this 2x a day. The following day after starting it, my diarrhea has stopped completely!! I am now starting my second month on the medication and I have had no side effects and absolutly no problems. I sure wish I had this many years ago."

   
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Tom 463 May 11, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I had my gallbladder removed in 2009 and after that I had diarrhea after the first thing I ate for seven year I never went out to eat I never went out without knowing Where a bathroom was I never ate on road trip their would be days Where I didn't even wanna eat cuz I new I would be in the bathroom. So two days ago I was reading all these stories and they sounded just like me so I talk to my doc she prescribed me this medicIne and now I actually feel like my old self again"

   
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coville May 1, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "Has worked extremely well and I am very happy with it. Many seem to have problems with taking this gritty insoluble product. I mix it with Gatorade using a frother. This is a device used to froth milk for coffee drinks. It disperses all clumping and grittiness is minimal. I found mine on Amazon after considering an immersion blender. Hope this helps."

   
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Au fait (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 15, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I was taking Lotronex for years for IBS and had a colonoscopy a couple years ago and that dr gave me cholestyramine 2 times daily mixed in oj. It has worked wonders."

   
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turtle333 April 6, 2016

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For Post-Cholecystectomy Diarrhea: "One dose a day brought me immediately back to normal. Previously I had been experiencing daily severe diarrhea post op for 6 months."

   
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Lynnedowney (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 17, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "Reading so many of everyone's experiences reminded me of so many of my own horrible memories. Never wanting to go out to eat, having to take an IMODIUM before and after eating out, looking for the bathrooms at each stop just in case, NEVER wanting to go too far out away from the house, road trips were horrible and my job requires a lot of driving, lots of abdominal pain and sometimes having to do a lot of cleaning up. When I first started taking this I actually stopped after about 2 weeks because the normal BM's and lack of abdominal pain I confused with constipation...it was such a different, weird feeling to be normal. I am back on it and once again am getting the relief I got in the beginning."

   
9.0

happyfamily911 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 22, 2016

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