Prevalite (Cholestyramine) Customer Reviews


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Cholestyramine, in conjunction with dietary adjustments involving a decrease in cholesterol and fat consumption, is employed to diminish the levels of cholesterol and specific fatty compounds in your bloodstream. The accumulation of cholesterol and fats along artery walls, a condition known as atherosclerosis, can lead to reduced blood flow and consequently, decreased oxygen delivery to vital areas like the heart, brain, and other bodily regions. Reducing the levels of cholesterol and fats in your blood may aid in averting conditions such as heart disease, angina (chest discomfort), strokes, and heart attacks.

Uses and Dosage

Administer this medication orally according to your doctor’s instructions, generally once or twice daily. This medication is available in a powdered form, with dosages measured by the enclosed scoop or provided in individual dose packets. Refrain from ingesting the dry powder directly. Instead, blend the medication with a minimum of 2 to 6 ounces (60 to 180 milliliters) of liquid, such as water, milk, or fruit juice. Thoroughly stir the mixture and consume promptly. Rinse your container with additional liquid and consume the rinse to ensure the entire dose is taken. Alternatively, you can mix the medication with watery soups, applesauce, or a pulpy fruit with abundant juice, like crushed pineapple or peaches.

Avoid retaining the mixture in your mouth for extended periods, as this can harm your teeth. Maintain proper dental hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing.

The prescribed dose is determined by your medical condition and response to treatment. To mitigate the risk of adverse effects, your doctor may advise initiating this medication at a low dose and gradually increasing it. Adhere closely to your doctor’s instructions. The full therapeutic effects of this medication may take several weeks to manifest.

Cholestyramine has the potential to impede the absorption of other medications. Take your additional medications as instructed by your doctor, generally at least 1 hour before or 4 to 6 hours after consuming cholestyramine. If you have inquiries or require further information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Consistently take this medication to maximize its benefits. To aid in remembering, take it at the same time(s) daily. Continue taking this medication even if you are feeling well, as individuals with elevated cholesterol levels often do not experience symptoms.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • constipation
  • bloating
  • stomach pain
  • gas
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • heartburn
  • indigestion

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • unusual bleeding


Prior to initiating cholestyramine, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any allergic reactions to it or any other substances. This product may comprise inactive ingredients capable of inducing allergic responses or other complications.

Before commencing this medication, communicate your medical history to your healthcare provider or pharmacist, particularly if you have a history of constipation, hemorrhoids, or kidney disease.

Certain formulations may include sugar or aspartame. Exercise caution if you have diabetes, phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other medical condition necessitating dietary limitations or exclusions of these substances. Consult your doctor or pharmacist to ensure the safe utilization of this product.

Given that this medication can impede the absorption of specific nutrients, such as folic acid and fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K, your healthcare provider may recommend the inclusion of a multivitamin supplement. For comprehensive details, consult your doctor.

Elderly individuals may display heightened sensitivity to this medication’s adverse effects, particularly constipation.

During pregnancy, employ this medication solely when it’s needed. Its potential to influence nutrient absorption warrants consideration. Evaluate the pros and cons of its usage with your doctor.

The probability of this medication transferring into breast milk is low. Nonetheless, its potential to influence nutrient absorption mandates consultation with your doctor prior to breastfeeding.

Form and Strength

Prevalite is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Prevalite powder:

    • 4g


When should you take Prevalite?

You should take this medication at mealtime. Make sure you also space out your other medications by at least 1 hour before or 4 to 6 hours after you take Prevalite to avoid any potential absorption issues.

Can you take Prevalite long-term?

Prevalite is used for long-term treatment.



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