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is used in a variety of applications from lowering cholesterol to
hastening the elimination of other medications from the body. It is
often used as a cholesterol-reducing medication in cases where
dietary changes alone have proven unhelpful.
Though for the most part a remarkably safe treatment, patients with
a history of intestinal blockages, diabetes, thyroid disorders,
kidney or liver disease, chronic vitamin deficiency or chronic
constipation should use with caution and doctor
Questran works by binding with bile it encounters in the
intestines, preventing its reabsorption. Without treatment the bile
would be reabsorbed and ultimately wind up back in the liver, where
it would be secreted once again to aid digestion in the intestine.
Bile which is not reabsorbed is instead excreted as
Bile elimination is helpful in a number of conditions:
- Lower LDL cholesterol - The liver uses cholesterol
to produce bile. When large amounts of bile are already present,
being reabsorbed and reused, the liver has little need to extract
cholesterol from the blood to make new bile. By forcing the bile to
be excreted, the liver has no choice but to remove cholesterol from
the blood to make new bile, ultimately lowering cholesterol levels
in the blood.
- Reduce itching associated with liver
When bile is reabsorbed through the intestine it enters the
bloodstream, where the liver should extract it in preparation for
the next secretion. When the liver is unable to extract bile from
the bloodstream, quantities will build up in both the blood and the
skin, a condition which produces severe itching. Removing excess
bile with Questran will reduce or eliminate the
in some circumstances Questran may be used to aid expulsion of
other medications. Most common is leflunomide, a treatment for
arthritis, which may linger in the body for years after treatment
stops unless flushed out with a medication like
This medication comes in a powder, either in packets or in a
cannister with a measured scoop. Each packet or scoop represents
one dose, or 2 grams of medication. Most patients are prescribed 4
to 8 grams per day, though it may be as high as 24 grams. Smaller
doses may be taken once daily, but in most cases the total daily
amount is split into 2 doses, and occasionally as many as
Preparation and administration is fairly
- Reduce diarrhea from excess bile - Bile attracts water, and
excess water in the intestine can cause diarrhea. After certain
surgeries, such as gallbladder removal or shortening of the small
intestine, as well as in some bowel conditions, such as irritable
bowel syndrome, bile will collect in relatively large amounts,
attracting excess water, which causes chronic diarrhea. Expelling
the excess bile will reduce or eliminate the diarrhea.
- Mix each dose into a non-carbonated beverage or a food with
high liquid content, such as soup or applesauce.
- For each single packet or scoop there should be 2 to 6 ounces
of fluid; if taking 2 packets, mix with a minimum of 4 to 12 ounces
- Consume prepared mixture in entirety; do not hold the mixture
in the mouth, doing so may cause tooth discoloration.
- Brush teeth after each dose to prevent tooth
- Drink plenty of additional fluids to prevent constipation.
- Do not exceed prescribed dosage, doing so may cause severe
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Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your health professional.
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2016-03-18 07:36:43 EST
It's working great and it arrived earlier than stated. Would buy again!
2015-12-21 20:10:58 EST
I have had to take this medication for 20 years now and wouldn't last 6 months without it. I have colitis and no gallbladder (too much bile) and this binds the bile together so I can function nearly normal instead of spending my life unable to eat.
2014-09-25 08:41:34 EST
I have to take Questran every day it works and I could not lead a normal life without it
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