Prevalite Side Effects
Some people may develop side effects while taking Prevalite. Side effects that are most often reported include constipation, indigestion, and stomach discomfort. Serious side effects that should be reported to a doctor immediately include difficulty swallowing, unexplained muscle pain, bloody or tarry stools, and unexplained bleeding. There are also rare but possible Prevalite side effects that may occur, such as backache, headache, and allergic reaction.
As with any medication, there are possible side effects with Prevalite® (cholestyramine), but not everyone who takes the cholesterol medicine will develop problems. In fact, most people tolerate Prevalite quite well. When people do develop Prevalite side effects, they are generally minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or a healthcare provider.
(The Prevalite side effects discussed below are not a complete list of reported side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Prevalite 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 not taking the medicine. Based on these studies, the most common Prevalite side effect was constipation.
Other less common side effects may include but are not limited to:
- Stomach discomfort or pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Decrease or loss of appetite
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Unexplained rash
- Unexplained bleeding.