Questran for Cholesterol Management
© 2005 - Frank Mangano
You can reduce cholesterol with a drug marketed as Questran (cholestyramine), but it may require combining it with other drugs, doubling the medication you need to do the job, in order to get the greatest benefits. Questran is included in a class of cholesterol reducing drugs called bile acid sequestrants, and is effective in reducing LDL cholesterol by as much as 10-15%. However, this effect does not come without side effects. Common complaints from using Questran have included everything from constipation, abdominal pain, and bloating to vomiting, diarrhea, and flatulence (excessive passing of gas).
Bile acid sequestrants work in the intestines to bind bile acids so that more are excreted by the liver. When this happens there is less acid returning to the liver and the liver must make more. To make more acid, more cholesterol from the liver is converted to acid which in turn reduces cholesterol levels in the blood.
Most often Questran and other bile acid sequestrants are combined with statin drugs. These include the brand names Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestror, to name a few. When combined with statin drugs, bile acid sequestrants have been found to reduce cholesterol by 50% more than when just the statin drug is used. In addition, statin drugs can raise the good HDL cholesterol which works to also reduce LDL, or bad cholesterol.
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