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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Questran
Answer: This is a brand name for a drug called Cholestramine. This is a binding resin that you take orally. It is very effective in lowering cholesterol and was one of the first drugs available. It is limited by gi problems, gas, diarrhea and the like plus bulky stools(I had one patient who blocked his toilet with the bulk). It is gritty to taste and consequently hard to take. It is difficult to transport on trips due to the need to mix it(usually cold fruit juice is best). But, it is best in terms of systemic side effects for which it has none. If you can tolerate the gi problems.
Answer: I'd use one of the cholesterol drugs that doesn't affect your liver. Currently, this would be a high fiber diet and the binding resins like Questran. Since they do not get absorbed, there is no risk of systemic toxicity.
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