I registered on this forum just to let everyone know that, for me personally, Questran/cholestryamine has totally changed my life for the better!
I used to get chronic diarrhea, and it was getting worse and worse. When I was at work, I used to go to a restroom on the other side of the facility so people wouldn't know it was me in the bathroom. If I went out for lunch, I had to choose places that were near restrooms and I knew where there were public restrooms because I would have to go sometimes before I even finished my lunch. I wouldn't eat breakfast because I knew that I would never be able to make the entire commute without diarrhea, and there were no bathroom stops on my way to work. I panicked whenever I knew I had to go to dinner in an unfamiliar place, and lived on Immodium - to the point where it just didn't work anymore.
Things got worse and worse; I would get diarrhea even if I didn't eat anything and would have several incidents after eating. I used to just get it once, and would be done, but then I would get two or three more diarrhea incidents shortly after. I was miserable and embarrassed.
I had my gall bladder taken out in 2010, and of course that didn't help things. The surgeon said that I would get better if I just took Metamucil, but that didn't help at all. I told him I was still experiencing problems, and he prescribed cholestryamine. That's when life became worth living again. Almost immediately, things were better. I only got diarrhea if I overate or had something that would have caused me trouble anyway, such as coffee. Now, with just one packet in the morning, I have no problems. Sometimes I have to go to the bathroom a little bit quickly, but typically don't get diarrhea. Now I don't have to plan my day around my lunch break and can feel free to go to dinner wherever I want.
Thank you, cholestryamine!