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Brand name: Questran Lite

Questran Lite is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) colestyramine. On this page you will find out more about Questran Lite, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: colestyramine

Information for medicine and pack size:
Questran Lite 4 g powder for oral liquid, 50 sachets

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

INDICATIONS AS AT 1 JANUARY 1991 : 1. Reduction of serum cholesterol levels and prevention of coronary heart disease. QUESTRAN LITE is indicated as adjunctive therapy to diet for the reduction of elevated serum cholesterol in patients with primary hypercholesterolemia (elevated low density lipoproteins). QUESTRAN LITE may be useful to lower elevated cholesterol that occurs in patients with combined hypercholesterolemia and hypertriglyceridemia, but it is not indicated where hypertriglyceridemia is the abnormality of most concern. 2. Relief of pruritus associated with partial biliary obstruction. Patients with primary biliary cirrhosis may exhibit elevated serum cholesterol as part of their disease. When cholestyramine is used to treat the pruritus of partial biliary obstruction, it may lower serum cholesterol levels, produce no change, or cause rapid escape from a temporary lowering to pre-treatment levels or rebound. 3. Relief of diarrhoea following ileal resection or ileal disease (cholerrhoeic enteropathy).

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance A cream coloured, fine, dispersible powder.
Dosage Form Powder, oral
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
4g sachet x 50: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
8g sachet x 50: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Sachet
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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