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Cholestyramine Side Effects

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Common Cholestyramine Side Effects


The most commonly reported Cholestyramine side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Diarrhoea (12)
Nausea (7)
Vomiting (6)
Flatulence (5)
Constipation (5)
Cough (5)
Abdominal Pain (4)
Pain (4)
Fatigue (4)
Death (3)
Cerebrovascular Accident (3)
Anxiety (3)
Dizziness (3)
Rash (3)
Intestinal Obstruction (3)
Dyspnoea (3)
Hypersensitivity (3)
Gastrointestinal Disorder (3)
Paraesthesia (2)
Oedema Peripheral (2)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Cholestyramine Side Effects Reported to FDA



Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#9995253
Influenza, Nausea, Vertigo, Insomnia, Retching, Aphagia, Asthenia
This is a report of a 66-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Cholestyramine (dosage: 1 Scoop Per 2 Oz Liquid, start time:
Feb 12, 2014), combined with:
  • Atenolol
  • Losartan
  • Potassium
  • Meloxicam
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Promethazine
  • Sleep Aid
  • Calcium
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Influenza, Nausea, Vertigo, Insomnia, Retching, Aphagia, Asthenia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Cholestyramine treatment in female patients, resulting in Influenza side effect.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#9827491
Menstrual Disorder
This report suggests a potential Cholestyramine Menstrual Disorder side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 39-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: biliary tract disorder and used Cholestyramine (dosage: 1 Packet?2x/day?in Appleauce) starting
Dec 12, 2013. After starting Cholestyramine the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Menstrual DisorderAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Birth Control
  • Multi-vitamin
  • Calcium
  • Protonix
Although Cholestyramine demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Menstrual Disorder, may still occur.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#9538453
Dyspnoea, Throat Tightness
This Dyspnoea problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 55-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: diarrhoea. On
Jan 01, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Cholestyramine (dosage: Powder Orange Flavor Single Dose Pack, After Dinner). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Glimepiride 4 Mg
When using Cholestyramine, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Dyspnoea, Throat TightnessAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Dyspnoea, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#9497050
Hyperhidrosis, Nasopharyngitis
This Hyperhidrosis side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 69-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Cholestyramine (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Aug 29, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Cholestyramine the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Hyperhidrosis, NasopharyngitisThese side effects may potentially be related to Cholestyramine.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#9407104
Fall, Balance Disorder, Diarrhoea
This is a report of a 91-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: blood triglycerides increased, who was treated with Cholestyramine For Oral Suspension Usp (dosage: Unk Df, Unk, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Fall, Balance Disorder, Diarrhoea after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Cholestyramine For Oral Suspension Usp treatment in female patients, resulting in Fall side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#9127243
Blood Glucose Decreased
This report suggests a potential Cholestyramine Blood Glucose Decreased side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 60-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased,diabetes mellitus and used Cholestyramine (dosage: NA) starting
Aug 03, 2012. After starting Cholestyramine the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Blood Glucose DecreasedAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Metformin Hydrochloride
  • Glyburide
  • Hctz
  • Atenolol
  • Plavix
  • Norvasc
Although Cholestyramine demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Blood Glucose Decreased, may still occur.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#9007489
Toxicity To Various Agents
This Death problem was reported by a physician from US. A 87-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Cholestyramine (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Levothyroxine
When using Cholestyramine, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Toxicity To Various AgentsAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Death, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8983971
Nausea, Abdominal Pain
This Nausea side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 81-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: irritable bowel syndrome.The patient was prescribed Cholestyramine (drug dosage: Nov 27, 1 Packet Once A Day, 4 Grams Anhydrous), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Cholestyramine the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Nausea, Abdominal PainThese side effects may potentially be related to Cholestyramine.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8837081
Diarrhoea, Nausea, Abdominal Pain, Product Substitution Issue, Product Taste Abnormal, Product Solubility Abnormal
This is a report of a 70-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: diarrhea,malabsorption, who was treated with Cholestyramine (dosage: NA, start time:
Jan 01, 1990), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Diarrhoea, Nausea, Abdominal Pain, Product Substitution Issue, Product Taste Abnormal, Product Solubility Abnormal after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Cholestyramine treatment in male patients, resulting in Diarrhoea side effect.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8811183
Cough, Mucous Stools, Haematochezia
This report suggests a potential Cholestyramine Cough side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 84-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: irritable bowel syndrome,high cholesterol and used Cholestyramine (dosage: 1 Packet-oral, 1 Daily, Oral) starting
Jun 05, 2012. After starting Cholestyramine the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Cough, Mucous Stools, HaematocheziaAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Cholestyramine demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Cough, may still occur.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8784257
Blood Pressure Increased, Chest Pain, Dyspnoea, Oedema Peripheral, Heart Rate Increased, Malaise, Dehydration, Gastrooesophageal Reflux Disease, Dyspepsia
This Blood Pressure Increased problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 58-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: toxicity to various agents,hypertension,diabetes mellitus. On
Aug 31, 2012 this consumer started treatment with Cholestyramine (dosage: 8 G, Tid). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Diovan (Unk Df, Unk)
  • Insulin (Unk Df, Unk)
When using Cholestyramine, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Blood Pressure Increased, Chest Pain, Dyspnoea, Oedema Peripheral, Heart Rate Increased, Malaise, Dehydration, Gastrooesophageal Reflux Disease, DyspepsiaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Blood Pressure Increased, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8463144-3
Fatigue, Diarrhoea, Anaemia
This Fatigue side effect was reported by a physician from United States. A 69-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Cholestyramine (colestyramine) (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Jan 01, 2011. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Bystolic
  • Celexa
  • Exjade
  • Revlimid (10 Mg, At Bedtime, Po ; 5 Mg)
  • Revlimid (10 Mg, At Bedtime, Po ; 5 Mg)
.After starting to take Cholestyramine (colestyramine) the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Fatigue, Diarrhoea, AnaemiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Cholestyramine (colestyramine).
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8437614-8
Eczema
This is a report of a 52-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Cholestyramine (dosage: NA, start time:
Sep 26, 2011), combined with:
  • Advair Diskus 100/50
  • Carvedilol
  • Humalog
  • Lorazepam
  • Lasix
  • Albuterol
  • Albuterol
  • Hydrocodone
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Eczema after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Cholestyramine treatment in female patients, resulting in Eczema side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8431197-4
Cystitis, Coagulopathy, Hypoprothrombinaemia
This report suggests a potential Cholestyramine Cystitis side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 69-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United Kingdom was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Cholestyramine (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Cholestyramine the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Cystitis, Coagulopathy, HypoprothrombinaemiaAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Metformin Hcl
  • Ursodiol
  • Ramipril
  • Omeprazole
  • Propranolol
  • Insulin
  • Rifampicin (300 Mg, Daily)
Although Cholestyramine demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Cystitis, may still occur.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8427253-7
Flushing, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma
This Flushing problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On
Jul 19, 2010 this consumer started treatment with Cholestyramine (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Albuterol
  • Advair Diskus 100/50 (1puff Twice Per Day)
  • Xanax
  • Zantac
  • Symbicort
When using Cholestyramine, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Flushing, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, AsthmaThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Flushing, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8400399-5
Injection Site Inflammation, Injection Site Swelling, Injection Site Pain, Injection Site Erythema, Injection Site Nodule, Injection Site Reaction
This Injection Site Inflammation side effect was reported by a health professional from United Kingdom. A male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: malabsorption,crohn's disease.The patient was prescribed Cholestyramine (drug dosage: Daily), which was initiated on
Jul 01, 2010. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Humira
  • Azathioprine (Daily)
  • Humira
.After starting to take Cholestyramine the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Injection Site Inflammation, Injection Site Swelling, Injection Site Pain, Injection Site Erythema, Injection Site Nodule, Injection Site ReactionThese side effects may potentially be related to Cholestyramine.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8381442-9
Unevaluable Event, Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Feeling Abnormal, Nasopharyngitis, Dysarthria
This is a report of a 58-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Cholestyramine (dosage: NA, start time:
Apr 13, 2012), combined with:
  • Eye Drops (Daily)
  • Humira
  • Lovastatin (40 Mg Qhs)
  • Insulin (24 Units Qam)
  • Monopril
  • Xanax
  • Synthroid (Qam)
  • Metoprolol
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Unevaluable Event, Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Feeling Abnormal, Nasopharyngitis, Dysarthria after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Cholestyramine treatment in female patients, resulting in Unevaluable Event side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8196913-8
Frustration, Palpitations, Nausea, Anxiety, Motion Sickness, Diarrhoea, Weight Increased, Dyspepsia
This report suggests a potential Cholestyramine Frustration side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A female patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Cholestyramine (dosage: One Packet Daily) starting NS. After starting Cholestyramine the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Frustration, Palpitations, Nausea, Anxiety, Motion Sickness, Diarrhoea, Weight Increased, DyspepsiaAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Atenolol (25 Mg, Daily)
  • Colestid (5 G, 1x/day (1 Packet))
Although Cholestyramine demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Frustration, may still occur.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8176384-8
Pain, Speech Disorder, Cerebrovascular Accident, Brain Stem Haemorrhage, Intraventricular Haemorrhage, Tremor
This Pain problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 34-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On
Jun 01, 2006 this consumer started treatment with Cholestyramine (dosage: Unk). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Yasmin (Unk)
When using Cholestyramine, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Pain, Speech Disorder, Cerebrovascular Accident, Brain Stem Haemorrhage, Intraventricular Haemorrhage, TremorThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Pain, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8172529-4
Acute Hepatic Failure, Liver Injury, Mental Status Changes
This Acute Hepatic Failure side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 77-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Cholestyramine-asparatame (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Lisinopril
  • Nitrofurantoin (100mg/day Po)
.After starting to take Cholestyramine-asparatame the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Acute Hepatic Failure, Liver Injury, Mental Status ChangesThese side effects may potentially be related to Cholestyramine-asparatame.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8142615-3
Occult Blood Positive, Faeces Discoloured, Haemoglobin Decreased, Large Intestinal Ulcer
This is a report of a 81-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from Canada, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Cholestyramine (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Pradaxa (220 Mg)
  • Metoprolol Tartrate
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Occult Blood Positive, Faeces Discoloured, Haemoglobin Decreased, Large Intestinal Ulcer after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Cholestyramine treatment in male patients, resulting in Occult Blood Positive side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8105839-7
Liver Function Test Abnormal
This report suggests a potential Cholestyramine Liver Function Test Abnormal side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 71-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from Germany was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Cholestyramine (dosage: NA) starting
Oct 13, 2011. After starting Cholestyramine the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Liver Function Test AbnormalAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Orencia
  • Cortisone Acetate (1df:3 Vials)
  • Arava
Although Cholestyramine demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Liver Function Test Abnormal, may still occur.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8095007-X
Back Pain, Arthralgia, Muscular Weakness, Myalgia, Joint Crepitation
This Back Pain problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased. On
Feb 24, 2011 this consumer started treatment with Cholestyramine (dosage: 1 Packet). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Cholestyramine, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Back Pain, Arthralgia, Muscular Weakness, Myalgia, Joint CrepitationAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Back Pain, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8022137-0
Fatigue, Nausea
This Fatigue side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: gallbladder disorder,post coital contraception.The patient was prescribed Cholestyramine (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Dec 30, 2011. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Plan B One-step (1.5 Milligram;)
.After starting to take Cholestyramine the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Fatigue, NauseaThese side effects may potentially be related to Cholestyramine.
Cholestyramine Side Effect Report#8006096-2
Cardio-respiratory Arrest
This is a report of a 2-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Cholestyramine (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Cardio-respiratory Arrest after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Cholestyramine treatment in female patients, resulting in Cardio-respiratory Arrest side effect.


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The appearance of Cholestyramine on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.

What are common Cholestyramine Side Effects for Women?

Women Side EffectsReports
Diarrhoea 8
Nausea 6
Constipation 5
Cough 5
Fatigue 4
Pain 4
Vomiting 4
Cerebrovascular Accident 3
Flatulence 3
Gastrointestinal Disorder 3

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    Cholestyramine Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC0185-0939
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary Namecholestyramine light
    Namecholestyramine light
    Dosage FormPOWDER, FOR SUSPENSION
    RouteORAL
    On market since19941104
    LabelerEon Labs, Inc.
    Active Ingredient(s)CHOLESTYRAMINE
    Strength(s)4
    Unit(s)g/5.7g
    Pharma ClassBile Acid Sequestrant [EPC],Bile-acid Binding Activity [MoA]

    More About Cholestyramine

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 86

    Cholestyramine safety alerts: No

    Reported deaths: 4

    Reported hospitalizations: 23

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