Questran Powder Indications
Questran Powder is an oral prescription suspension used to reduce elevated serum cholesterol among patients with primary hypercholesterolemia or elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL). By managing cholesterol levels, it also reduces the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis (clogged arteries).
Questran Powder Mechanism of Action
This non-absorbed, lipid-lowering agent mainly works to remove excess cholesterol in your body. It binds bile acids in the intestine in order to hinder reabsorption. It also increases the conversion of cholesterol into bile acids, increasing the demand for cholesterol in the liver. As a result, transcription and activity of HMG-CoA reductase are increased, as well as the LDL hepatic receptors.
This type of drug is also necessary to strengthen cell membranes, create bile salts, and be used as a foundation of steroid hormones. Meanwhile, it is unknown how it lowers high blood sugar levels.
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Warnings & Dosage
How to take Questran Powder
Before starting to use this powder, it is necessary to read the information leaflet or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. You must not take this powder or any other medications unless you have understood the uses and directions. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for additional details.
Questran Powder is usually prescribed once to twice a day or as directed by the doctor and is only meant to be taken by mouth.
- Mix the powder in 2 to 6 ounces or 60 to 180 mL of liquid.
- Stir it well and drink it immediately.
- Refill the glass with more liquid and drink it entirely to ensure you have taken the entire dose.
It is best to take this suspension with a meal.
Make a dosing schedule. If you are prescribed with medications that can decrease the absorption of cholestyramine, take them an hour prior or 4 to 6 hours after taking this oral drug. Do not increase or decrease your Questran Powder dosage, as it will depend on your overall medical condition and how you will respond to the therapy. You should not also take this oral drug more frequently than advised and never stop taking it abruptly to avoid worsening effects.
Supplementing diet and exercise with this is recommended. It may not work as well without lifestyle changes. Consume healthy foods and exercise regularly.
Questran Powder Warnings and Precautions
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to cholestyramine or any Questran Powder ingredients the suspension may contain. Always be watchful for any signs of serious allergic reactions while on this powdered drug, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives/itchiness, and skin rashes. If any of these occur, stop taking this drug and seek emergency medical help immediately.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of high triglyceride levels, kidney disease, pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas, gastrointestinal disorders, hemorrhoids, and recent GI surgery. Also, due to possible drug interactions, you should discuss all the prescription medications, nonprescription medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking while you are on Questran powder.
Questran powder contains aspartame. Persons with phenylketonuria or PKU must be restricted from consuming this chemical. Discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
This bile acid sequestrant can interfere with the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K, if used for a long period of time. You may be asked to take multivitamin supplements by your doctor so ensure to take your supplement 4 hours before administering this drug.
It is best for pregnant and breastfeeding moms to take this type of medication only when extremely necessary. Although its effects on unborn babies and breastfed infants are not fully known yet, this drug can affect the absorption of certain nutrients.
Questran Powder Dosage Forms
This powder is available in Questran Powder 4 grams in 30 packets.
Questran Powder Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
- Spinning sensation
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
Severe Side Effects:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Rapid breathing
- Muscle pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Tongue irritation
- Irritation of the rectal area
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Questran Powder.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions while using Questran Powder, discontinue use of this powder and talk to your doctor or health care professional.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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What is Questran Powder used for?
Questran Powder (cholestyramine) is being used to reduce fatty acids or cholesterol in the blood. By lowering cholesterol levels, it reduces the risk of a heart attack or stroke. This oral medication can be used alone or together with other drugs.
When should you take Questran?
Your physician may recommend the best time to take this medication. If prescribed twice a day, it is best to take it every twelve hours. If it is administered once a day, most patients take it at bedtime.
Can Questran Powder cause diarrhea?
Diarrhea is among the common gastrointestinal adverse effects of this oral suspension. Other adverse reactions include stomach cramps, bloating, flatulence, and constipation. Please notify your healthcare provider if you experience severe or persistent diarrhea.
Does Questran Powder affect the liver?
This oral suspension can be used to treat itching caused by a blockage in the bile ducts. This is usually associated with liver disease or bile duct disease. This drug accelerates the elimination of bile acids.
Can I buy Questran Powder over the counter?
This oral product is a prescription drug. You need to have a valid prescription before purchasing from any pharmacy. You may obtain a prescription from your physician. Do not use this medication unless prescribed.
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