This site speaks to Prevalite Alcohol interaction, generic name Cholestyramine and is also sold under brand names Questran and Questran Lite.
This drug is an Anti hyperlipidemic (blood fat reducer) prescribed for high blood cholesterol levels, generalized itching associated with bile duct obstruction, cholesttyramine only, colitis, digitalis or thyroid overdose and pesticide poisoning.
Moderate alcohol consumption, is advised while taking this drug.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol, that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before starting advise your physician of any allergies, if you have untreated or uncontrolled epilepsy, a bone marrow disorder, paralytic ileus, intestinal blockage, clozapine infection or immune suppression medication, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, history of heart attack or stroke, epilepsy, seizure, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone marrow disorder, blood cell disorder, enlarged prostate, urinary problems, glaucoma or a history of smoking.
Do not use if allergic to this drug.
Do not use if pregnant or you intend to become pregnant.
Common Side Effects
Constipation with possible bowel impaction and may worsen hemorrhoids.
Less Common Side Effects
Abdominal pain and bloating, bleeding disorders or black and blue marks associated with interference of the absorption of vitamin K which is required for clotting, belching, gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heart burn and appetite loss.
Rare Side Effects
Rash, irritation of the tongue and anus, osteoporosis, black stools, stomach ulcer, dental bleeding, hiccups, sour taste, pancreas inflammation, ulcer attack, gallbladder attack, itching, backache, muscle and joint pain, arthritis, headache, anxiety, dizziness, fatigue, ringing in ears, fainting, tingling in hands or feet, blood in the urine, frequent or painful urination, unusual urine odour, swollen glands, swelling of the arms or legs and shortness of breath.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.