The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Prevalite® (cholestyramine) for the following uses:
- Treatment of high LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol) in people with high total cholesterol
- Relief of itching caused by partial biliary obstruction (a type of liver disease).
When used to lower cholesterol, Prevalite is designed for use in combination with lifestyle modifications. This includes a healthy diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats, limited alcohol use, weight loss, and exercise.
Though generally taken twice a day, Prevalite may be taken up to six times a day, based on your healthcare provider's recommendation. Common side effects include constipation, gas, and stomach discomfort.
(For details on how the medicine works, how to prepare it from its powder form, and specific factors that will affect your dose, click Prevalite.)