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Cholestyramine

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Bile Acid Cholestyramine

Cholestyramine - Dosage and How to Use

How should Cholestyramine be used?

  • ​Cholestyramine is a powder, packaged in a packet, to be taken with water. Do not take the powder on its own as it may make you choke.
  • Dissolve each packet of powder in 120 to 180ml of water or fruit juice. Mix thoroughly before drinking.
  • Do not sip or hold the mixture in your mouth for a long time, as it may cause some changes to the colour of your teeth.
  • Cholestyramine may affect the absorption of other medications. Take other medications at least 1 hour before or 4 to 6 hours after taking cholestyramine.
  • Take the number of sachets as prescribed by your doctor.
  • You should continue taking your medication unless your doctor tells you to stop. If you stop taking your medication, your cholesterol level may rise again. Do not stop taking your medication without checking with your doctor.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

  • ​If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember.
  • However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only the usual dose. Do not double your dose or use extra medication to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Cholestyramine - Additional Information

  • Updated on Wednesday, March 31, 2021
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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