The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved cholestyramine to both treat high cholesterol and relieve itching associated with liver disease. The brand names in which this medicine is available include:
There is also a generic cholestyramine product available by prescription. It is sold as Cholestyramine powder or Cholestyramine Light powder.
This medicine is a bile acid sequestrant, which means it works by binding to bile acids in the intestines, preventing them from being reabsorbed back into the body. It is taken either once or twice a day and should be taken exactly as your healthcare provider recommends. Taking cholestyramine with a meal and plenty of water can help avoid constipation, which is one of the most common side effects.
Prior to taking this medication, tell your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have and any other drugs you are taking. This will help ensure this is the right treatment option for you.
(Click Cholestyramine to learn more about this medicine's effects within the body, other possible side effects, treatment guidelines, and important safety concerns.)