Colestyramine

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  • Other
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Enterocolitis, Pseudomembranous
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hyperlipoproteinemias
  • Hypertriglyceridemia

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Uses of Colestyramine

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Colestyramine is used in the treatment of:

  • Diarrhea
  • Enterocolitis, Pseudomembranous
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • Hyperlipoproteinemias

Colestyramine is used in the prevention of:

  • Coronary Artery Disease

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Colestyramine Brand Names

Colestyramine may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Colestyramine Drug Class

Colestyramine is part of the drug class:

Colestyramine Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • ANISINDIONE/CHOLESTYRAMINE
  • CHOLESTYRAMINE/DICUMAROL
  • CHOLESTYRAMINE/DIGITALIS
  • CHOLESTYRAMINE/MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL
  • CHOLESTYRAMINE/PHENPROCOUMON
  • CHOLESTYRAMINE/WARFARIN

This is not a complete list of Colestyraminedrug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Colestyramine and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Colestyramine falls into category C:

In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication and had some babies born with problems. No well-controlled studies have been done in humans, though. Therefore, this medication may be used if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the potential risks to the unborn child.

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There are no well-controlled studies that have been done in pregnant women. Colestyramine should be used during pregnancy only if the possible benefit outweighs the possible risk to the unborn baby.

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No studies have been done in animals, and no well-controlled studies have been done in pregnant women. Colestyramine should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Colestyramine Dosage

Take colestyramine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The Colestyramine dose your doctor recommends will be based on the following (use any or all that apply):

  • the condition being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication
  • your weight
  • your height
  • your age
  • your gender

Colestyramine is available in the following doses:

  • Cholestyramine 4 G/5 G Oral Powder For Reconstitution
  • Cholestyramine 4 G/5.5 G Oral Powder For Reconstitution
  • Cholestyramine 4 G/5.7 G Oral Powder For Reconstitution
  • Cholestyramine 4 G/9 G Oral Powder For Reconstitution
  • Cholestyramine Compounding Powder

Forms of Medication

Colestyramine is available in the following forms:

  • Chewable Bar
  • Oral Suspension
  • Oral Tablet