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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Therapeutic Category

Lipid lowering agent: Bile acid sequestrant

Chemical Name

A styrene-divinylbenzene copolymer containing quaternary ammonium groups.

Foreign Names

  • Colestyraminum (Latin)
  • Colestyramin (German)
  • Colestyramine (French)
  • Colestiramina (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Colestyramine (OS: BAN, DCF, JAN)
  • Cholestyramine (IS)
  • Cholestyramine Resin (IS)
  • Cholestyramin-Harz (IS)
  • Colestyraminum (IS)
  • Divistyramine (IS)
  • Holestiramin (IS)
  • MK 325 (IS)
  • Cholestyramine Resin (PH: USP 38)
  • Colestyramine (PH: BP 2016, Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Colestyraminum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Colestyramine Chloride (OS: BANM)

Brand Names

  • Cholestamin
    Chi Sheng, Taiwan
  • Cholestran
    Pharco, Egypt
  • Cholestyramine Light Eon
    Eon, United States
  • Cholestyramine Pharmascience
    Pharmascience, Hong Kong
  • Cholexamin
    Shinlin Sinseng, Taiwan
  • Colestiramina Winthrop
    Genfar, Colombia
  • Colestyramin HEXAL
    Hexal, Germany
  • Colestyramin-ratiopharm
    ratiopharm, Germany; Sanolabor, Slovenia
  • Colestyr-CT
    AbZ-Pharma, Germany
  • Efensol
    Lazlo, Spain
  • Flotac (Colestyramine and Diclofenac)
    Novartis, Chile
  • Ipocol
    Lagap, Switzerland
  • Kolestran
    Sandoz, Turkey
  • Lipiramina
    Industrias Suanca, Mexico
  • Lipocol-Merz
    Merz, Germany
  • Olestyr
    PendoPharm, Canada
  • PMS-Cholestyramine
    Pharmascience, Singapore; Pharmascience, Tunisia
  • Prevalite
    Upsher-Smith, United States
  • Prolertus (Colestyramine and Diclofenac)
    Tecnofarma, Colombia
  • Quantalan
    Bristol-Myers Squibb, Austria; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Switzerland; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Germany; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Portugal
  • Questran
    Bristol-Myers Squibb, Belgium; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Finland; Bristol-Myers Squibb, France; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ireland; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Iceland; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lebanon; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Netherlands; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Norway; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sweden; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Taiwan; Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical, United Kingdom; GlaxoSmithKline, Egypt; Par Pharmaceutical, Inc., United States
  • Questran 44.4%
    Sanofi, Japan
  • Questran Light
    Bristol-M.S., Argentina; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Brazil; Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical, United Kingdom; Central Procurement & Supplies Unit, Malta; Par Pharmaceutical, Inc., United States
  • Questran Lite
    Aspen, Australia; Aspen, New Zealand
  • Questran Loc
    Bristol-Myers Squibb, Denmark; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sweden
  • Questran-A
    Bristol-Myers Squibb, Netherlands; Eureco-Pharma, Netherlands; Euro Registratie, Netherlands; Fisher Farma, Netherlands
  • Resincolestiramina
    Lab Rubio, Thailand; Laboratorios Rubio, Malta; Rubio, Spain; TTN, Thailand
  • Semide
    Shun Sheng, Taiwan
  • Sequest
    Novell Pharmaceutical, Indonesia
  • Vasosan
    Felgenträger, Germany; IFET, Greece
  • Choles
    Shyh Dar, Taiwan
  • Questran
    Bristol-Myers Squibb, Italy; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Oman


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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