Prevalite Side Effects
Generic Name: cholestyramine
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug cholestyramine. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Prevalite.
For the Consumer
Applies to cholestyramine: oral powder for suspension, oral tablet
In some animal studies, cholestyramine (the active ingredient contained in Prevalite) was found to cause tumors. It is not known whether cholestyramine causes tumors in humans.
As well as its needed effects, cholestyramine may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
Major Side Effects
If any of the following side effects occur while taking cholestyramine, check with your doctor immediately:Rare
- Black, tarry stools
- stomach pain (severe) with nausea and vomiting
If any of the following side effects occur while taking cholestyramine, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:More common:
- Loss of weight (sudden)
Minor Side Effects
Some cholestyramine side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:More common:
- Heartburn or indigestion
- nausea or vomiting
- stomach pain
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to cholestyramine: compounding powder, oral powder for reconstitution
The most frequently reported side effect is constipation.[Ref]
Intestinal obstruction occurred rarely and 2 deaths in pediatric patients were reported.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Constipation
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Tongue irritation, irritation of perianal area, abdominal discomfort/pain/distention, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heartburn, dyspepsia, steatorrhea
Rare (less than 0.1%): Intestinal obstruction
Frequency not reported: Rectal bleeding, black stools, hemorrhoidal bleeding, bleeding from known duodenal ulcer, dysphagia, hiccoughs, ulcer attack, sour taste, pancreatitis, rectal pain, diverticulitis, eructation, dental bleeding, dental caries, calcification of gallbladder, tooth discoloration, erosion of tooth enamel[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Claudication, angina, arteritis, thrombophlebitis, myocardial infarction, myocardial ischemia, postprandial angina increased[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Osteoporosis
Frequency not reported: Backache, arthritis, muscle/joint pain[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Bleeding
Frequency not reported: Prothrombin time increased, prothrombin time decreased, anemia, hypoprothrombinemia[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anorexia, hyperchloremic acidosis, Vitamin A deficiency, Vitamin K deficiency[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rash, skin irritation
Frequency not reported: Ecchymosis, xanthoma of hands/fingers, urticaria[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Liver function test abnormal[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Headache, paresthesia, syncope, dizziness, drowsiness, femoral nerve pain[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Vertigo, weight loss, weight gain, glands swollen, edema, chest pain, tinnitus[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Arcus juvenilis, uveitis, night blindness[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Hematuria, dysuria, burnt odor to urine, diuresis[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Asthma, wheezing, shortness of breath[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Libido increased[Ref]
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2. "Product Information. Questran (cholestyramine)." Par Pharmaceutical Inc, Chestnut Ridge, NY.
3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
4. "Product Information. Cholestyramine Light (cholestyramine)." Sandoz Laboratories, Eon Division, Lake Success, NY.
It is possible that some side effects of Prevalite may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
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