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Can cholestryramine be used for IBS?

Sep 2012
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Is Cholestryramine used for IBS? I have a friend with IBS and she said her doctor prescribed it and she is not having any problems.
Posted Tue, 16 Apr 2013 in IBS(Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Answered by Dr. Das Arindam 27 minutes later

Thank you for posting a query.

Look, cholestyramine is a bile acid sequestrant. It is used to treat many conditions like hypercholesterolemia, pruritus due to any liver abnormality. It can also be used to treat chronic diarrhea caused by irritable bowel syndrome.

But, this drug is not so much effective in irritable bowel syndrome. Other antidiarrheal drug like loperamide should be used with the antispasmodic drug like dicyclomine group of drug. These drugs are very much helpful in preventing chronic diarrhea in irritable bowel syndrome.

Lastly, cholestyramine can be used in irritable bowel syndrome.

Hope this information suffices. Let me know, if you have any more question.

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Thank You. I appreciate it.
Answered by Dr. Das Arindam 4 minutes later

Thank you for writing back.

If you do not have any more question, you can close this discussion.

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