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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking cholestyramine?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to cholestyramine, or if you have a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
To make sure you can safely take cholestyramine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether cholestyramine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Taking cholestyramine can make it harder for your body to absorb certain vitamins your body needs while you are nursing a baby. Do not take cholestyramine without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
This medicine may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using cholestyramine if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
How should I take cholestyramine?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Cholestyramine is sometimes taken up to 6 times per day. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Take cholestyramine with meals unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Mix the cholestyramine powder with 2 to 6 ounces of water or other non-carbonated beverage. You may also mix the powder with a brothy soup, crushed pineapple, or applesauce. Measure the powder using the scoop provided with your medication. Do not use any other scoop or measuring cup to measure your cholestyramine dose.
Drink extra fluids to prevent constipation while you are taking cholestyramine.
It is important to take cholestyramine regularly to get the most benefit.
Cholestyramine is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.
While using cholestyramine, you may need blood tests at your doctor's office. Visit your doctor regularly.
Store cholestyramine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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