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Cholestyramine Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Cholestyramine is also known as: Cholestyramine Light, Locholest, Locholest Light, Prevalite, Questran, Questran Light

Medically reviewed on Mar 10, 2017

Cholestyramine Pregnancy Warnings

Safety has not been established during pregnancy; benefit should outweigh risk.

AU TGA pregnancy category: B2
US FDA pregnancy category: C

Comments: This drug is known to interfere with absorption of fat-soluble vitamins even in the presence of vitamin supplementation and therefore, regular prenatal supplementation may not be adequate.

Animal studies have not been reported. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

AU TGA pregnancy category B2: Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human fetus having been observed. Studies in animals are inadequate or may be lacking, but available data show no evidence of an increased occurrence of fetal damage.

US FDA pregnancy category C: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

See references

Cholestyramine Breastfeeding Warnings

Use is considered acceptable; caution is recommended.

Excreted into human milk: Unknown
Excreted into animal milk: Data not available

Comments: This drug is not absorbed systemically, however, the possibility of interference with absorption of fat soluble vitamins should be considered as it may have an effect on nursing infants.

This drug is a nonabsorbable resin which does not enter the mother's blood stream and therefore will not reach the infant via breast milk.

See references

References for pregnancy information

  1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  2. "Product Information. Questran (cholestyramine)." Par Pharmaceutical Inc, Chestnut Ridge, NY.
  3. "Product Information. Cholestyramine Light (cholestyramine)." Sandoz Laboratories, Eon Division, Lake Success, NY.
  4. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

References for breastfeeding information

  1. "Product Information. Cholestyramine Light (cholestyramine)." Sandoz Laboratories, Eon Division, Lake Success, NY.
  2. "Product Information. Questran (cholestyramine)." Par Pharmaceutical Inc, Chestnut Ridge, NY.
  3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  4. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
  5. United States National Library of Medicine "Toxnet. Toxicology Data Network. Available from: URL: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT." ([cited 2013 -]):

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