Is there somesort of Questran shortage going on in Pennsylvania? Is there a shortage at the clinical level also? We don't seem to have it at the Pharmacies around here. I am talking about the yellow power that treats certain bowel problems.
Questran is used to reduce LDL's. It is known as a Bile acid resin or bile acid sequestrant. It is the 2nd line of therapy after the statin drugs or used when a patient cannot take a statin drug. It is costly and inconvenient as a patient has to take 24 grams (6 packets) per day for efficacy of 25% reduction in LDL. It frequently causes constipation or diarrhea, fullness sensation, gas or heartburn, and interferes with the absorption of warfarin, HCTZ, thyroxine, iron, and beta-blockers, so these meds should be dosed either 1 hour before or 4 hours after Questran.
I havent heard of a shortage, but there are more effective and convenient meds available to treat hyperlipidemia. Perhaps the prescribers just arent using it as often as they used to.
Nov 27, '02
You might look in to its cost as being the most likely factor in the local "shortage."
You could always do a google search and email the company that makes it to ask them if they are experiencing production or delivery problems.