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Bile acid sequestrants

What are Bile acid sequestrants?

Bile acid sequestrants are used to reduce low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. After oral administration, they are not absorbed but bind to bile acids (which contains cholesterol) in the intestine and prevent their reabsorption into the body. The bound complex is insoluble and is excreted in the faeces. Decrease in bile acid leads to an increase in hepatic synthesis of bile acids from cholesterol. Depletion of cholesterol increases LDL receptor activity, therefore increases removal of LDL cholesterol from the blood.

List of Bile acid sequestrants:

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Drug Name Reviews Avg. Ratings
Questran (Pro)
Generic name: cholestyramine
4 reviews
8.2
Colestid (Pro)
Generic name: colestipol
0 reviews
8.0
Welchol (Pro)
Generic name: colesevelam
43 reviews
8.0
Questran Light
Generic name: cholestyramine
6 reviews
7.8
Prevalite (Pro)
Generic name: cholestyramine
4 reviews
7.5
Cholestyramine Light (Pro)
Generic name: cholestyramine
2 reviews
6.2
Colestid Flavored
Generic name: colestipol
1 review
6.0
For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).

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