Colestid, with the generic name colestipol hydrochloride, is an oral suspension indicated to decrease elevated serum total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol among patients with primary hypercholesterolemia, together with a proper diet. By lowering cholesterol levels, the risk for strokes and heart attacks decreases. This medication will also work better if lifestyle changes are included, such as exercising and smoking cessation.
This is available in Colestid 1g tablets.
Colestid Mechanism of Action
This bile acid sequestrant reduces reabsorption by eliminating bile acids from the enterohepatic circulation. This medication’s increased fecal loss of bile acids may result in enhanced oxidation of cholesterol to bile acids. Therefore, this drug increases liver low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptors, increases LDL uptake, and lowers serum beta lipoprotein or total and LDL cholesterol levels.
How to use Colestid
To get started, read the Colestid drug information page that comes with this medicine. Do not take any cholesterol-lowering agent without fully understanding the drug information and instructions in the manual provided. If you have queries on how this medication works or need additional medical advice, you may ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this tablet orally. This is usually prescribed once or twice daily or as directed by your physician. Swallow the tablet whole. If you are prescribed more than one tablet, take the tablets one at a time and not all at once. Drink plenty of liquid with each tablet.
Remember to take this oral medication regularly and exactly as prescribed. Make a dosing schedule to avoid forgetting your doses. If you are taking other medications, administer them at least 1 hour before or 4-6 hours after taking colestipol because this medication may decrease the absorption of other medications.
Do not alter your doses of colestipol as it is based on your overall health condition, response to treatment, and other drugs you are taking. Also, do not stop taking this medication abruptly or even for a few days to avoid worsening conditions.
Colestid Side Effects
Common side effects:
-Nausea and vomiting
-Gas or flatulence
For the most part, the side effects caused by this prescription medication are mild and will resolve after a few days. If the adverse reactions worsen or persist, you should hold the drug and consult your doctor or any healthcare professional. Also, report severe side effects, including:
-Chest pain or pressure
-Severe abdominal pain
-Unusual bruising or bleeding
-Muscle or joint pain
-Loss of appetite
This is not a complete or full list of the side effects of Colestid.
Precautions when using Colestid
Before starting to take this medication, you should disclose your full medical history to your physician, especially swallowing problems, hemorrhoids, constipation, and kidney problems. Certain diseases or disorders may significantly impact how your body will respond to the drug. Further, you should discuss all prescription medications, nonprescription medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking because of the possible drug interactions with this cholesterol-lowering drug.
Keep an eye out for any allergic reactions while on this treatment. Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to colestipol or any inactive ingredients it may contain. Immediately discontinue medication and seek emergency medical attention once you experience signs of hypersensitivity, like skin rashes, severe dizziness, swelling of the face and neck, hives, and trouble breathing.
This medication could possibly interfere with the absorption of some nutrients, like vitamins A, D, E, &K, and folic acid. Thus, your physician may ask you to take a multivitamin supplement.
Pregnant or breastfeeding moms must take this medication only if clearly necessary. Talk about all the possible risks and benefits with your healthcare provider before deciding to take this medication.
Frequently Asked Questions
-Is Colestid (colestipol) a statin?
No, this medication is a bile acid sequestrant.
-Does Colestipol cause diarrhea?
Yes, this oral drug may cause diarrhea.
-Can Colestid be cut in half?
It is not recommended to split/crush/chew these tablets.
-Does Colestid interact with grapefruit?
There are no interactions between this drug and grapefruit.
-How much does Colestid cost?
You may check the prices of this cholesterol-lowering agent from this page.
120, 360, 240
Maple Leaf Medications has provided information from third parties intended to increase awareness and does not contain all the information about Colestid (Colestipol). Talk to your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner for medical attention, advice, or if you have any concerns about Colestid (Colestipol).