Side Effects of Cholestyramine

Some people may experience side effects of Cholestyramine, such as unexplained rash, stomach pain or discomfort, and gas. In most cases, these side effects are minor and do not require medical attention. Some Cholestyramine side effects, however, may need to be reported to a healthcare provider, including unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness; difficulty swallowing; unexplained bleeding; or bloody or black, tarry stools.

Side Effects of Cholestyramine: An Introduction

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Cholestyramine. However, not everyone who takes the medicine will experience side effects; in fact, most people tolerate the drug quite well. If side effects do develop, they are generally minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Cholestyramine. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Cholestyramine side effects with you.)

Serious Cholestyramine Side Effects

There are some side effects of Cholestyramine that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Severe stomach pain with nausea or vomiting
  • Bloody or black, tarry stools
  • Unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained bleeding.

Common Side Effects of Cholestyramine

Cholestyramine has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to those that occurred in a similar group of people taking the medicine. Based on these studies, the most common Cholestyramine side effect was constipation.
Other less common side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Stomach discomfort or pain
  • Gas
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Burping
  • Decrease or loss of appetite
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Osteoporosis
  • Unexplained rash
  • Unexplained bleeding.
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