questran? and another question

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   Posted 12/3/2006 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
has anyone heard of questran powder for D..and if so, has it worked for anyone?.. i was at the GI doc recently and he gave it to me.. he said it might make me sick, so im not even going to try it lol.. my sis in law bought me some OTC "digestive advantage" for IBS.. im taking them to my doctor to see if theyre safe to try.. now for my second question.. my GI doc said i might not only have IBS but something else.. i told him how ive changed my diet.. ive tried everything..but even liquids cause D.. he said something about maybe i had trouble from the gallbladder surgery and my liver is something about too much bile..that was his reason for giving me the questran, he said its a "touch and go" type thing so if the questran dont work.. theres no treatment.. has anyone ever heard of this?? he really confused me LOL..

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   Posted 12/4/2006 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup, your doctor is right-on.  Gallbladder surgery can occasionally cause long-term diarrhea problems for some - here's a mini-lesson on the biliary system! 
Your liver produces bile and your gallbladder stores some of it.  But when your gallbladder goes "bad" (i.e., develops stones or loses functionality), it needs to come out most of the time.  After it comes out, you no longer have a "storage site" for your bile.  The liver ejects it directly into the small intestine, so your system may get somewhat overloaded with bile (especially after a fatty meal).  A little bile overload can cause diarrhea and/or acid reflux in some people.
Questran is cholestyramine, which is actually a cholesterol medication, but also does the job of binding the salts in bile acid; essentially, it reduces the amount of bile in your small intestine, which can decrease diarrhea or acid reflux.  It doesn't taste good - I used to mix mine in apple sauce - but for many people, it helps really well.  Keriamon is an expert (she takes Welchol, basically a pill-form of Questran).
Hopefully this helps clears things up a bit.  I hope it works for you!

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   Posted 12/4/2006 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, I take Welchol pills (which, in my opinon, are more convenient than a powder). They bind up the excess bile in your intestines and allow you to have normal, formed poops. I can take it dailiy for prevention, and I can take additional doses if I get into something that really gets my bile produciton cranked. It's a lifesaver; I wouldn't be normal without it.

I take, on average, one Welchol and one calcium pill a day. But there have been people on here who have been prescribed as many as 6 pills a day because they had D so bad. You have to tinker with it, because it can make you constipated. If I start to get constipated, I skip my dose until I start pooping again, then I take it. I liken it to being an insulin-dependent diabetic; you have to adjust your insulin everyday based on what you eat and what you do. Thsi is the same thing.
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