Compare Questran vs. alosetron

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Reduces diarrhea in women with severe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Lotronex (alosetron) is good add-on treatment for severe diarrhea in women with IBS, but shouldn't be used in men or those with constipation-dominant IBS.

Upsides
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  • Good alternative if nothing else has worked to control your diarrhea.
  • Has fewer side effects than other medicines used to treat diarrhea related to IBS.
Downsides
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  • May be expensive if not covered by your insurance.
  • Only treats diarrhea in women with IBS. Not a good choice if you have constipation related to IBS or are a male with IBS.
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Used for
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  • Associated with partial biliary obstruction
  • Bile acid malabsorption syndrome Familial hypercholesterolemia - heterozygous Hardened arteries (atherosclerosis)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome with severe diarrhea in women
Dosage forms
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Price
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Side effects
The Questran (Cholestyramine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
4possible side effects
  • Constipation
    16%
  • Stomach pain
    6%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
  • Hemorrhoid bleeding
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
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  • Serious gastrointestinal problems
    • Daily doses higher than 1 mg
    • Constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome
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