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What Questran is and what it is used for
Questran Light is supplied as sachets. Each sachet contains 4g of the active substance colestyramine. Colestyramine belongs to a group of medicines called bile acid binding resins. Questran Light is used to lower your body’s level of cholesterol (a type of fat) which can cause heart disease. This medicine works in the digestive system and absorbs the cholesterol-containing bile acids, which then pass out through the body in the faeces. Questran Light may also be used to help stop some types of diarrhoea or itching.
How to take Questran
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are
To lower cholesterol levels
The recommended dose is 3 – 6 sachets a day. This can be taken as a single dose or divided doses up to 4 times a
To relieve itching
The recommended dose is one or two sachets each day.
To manage diarrhoea
The recommended dose is 3-6 sachets a day. This can be taken as a single dose or divided doses up to 4 times a
•12 years) The dose to be given to children will depend on the child’s weight, which the doctor will work out for you. Children under 6 years This medicine is not recommended for children under the age of 6. How to make up the sachets 1. The contents of one sachet should be sprinkled evenly on to 150ml (4-6 fluid oz) of water or fruit juice. 2. Allow to stand for 1 or 2 minutes. 3. Once the powder has soaked into the liquid, stir or shake it to mix in thoroughly. Do not take this medicine in its dry form as it may cause you to choke. Questran Light can be mixed with water, fruit juice, skimmed milk, thin soups or fruit smoothies or sauces (e.g. apple sauce). Keep taking your medicine until your doctor tells you to stop. Your doctor will want you to have regular checkups whilst you are taking this medicine. If you take more QUESTRAN LIGHT than you should Go to your nearest hospital Casualty Department or tell your doctor immediately. Take the empty container and any remaining sachets with you. If you forget to take QUESTRAN LIGHT If you miss a dose do not worry. Take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue as before. Do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten dose.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
The most frequent side effect seen is constipation. To minimise this effect you will usually start with a low dose
and increase it slowly until you are taking the full number of sachets as prescribed by your doctor. This side effect
usually reduces over time.
Other side effects, less common, include:
•feeling sick (nausea) or vomiting,
•anorexia, weight loss or gain,
•problems with your body’s ability to absorb food correctly leading to grey, bulky or smelly stools (steatorrhea),
•increased tendency to bleed, which may also be seen with vitamin D, vitamin K or vitamin A deficiency (which may rarely result in night blindness),
•increased level of chloride in the blood (hyperchloremic acidosis) especially in children,
•thin or brittle bones (osteoporosis),
•rash, itching, irritation of skin, tongue or around the anus,
Rare reports of obstruction of the intestine have been seen.
Reporting of side effects If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
How to Store Questran
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Do not store above 30ºC. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and sachet. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
2 to 3 weeks on average
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