The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
COLESEVELAM - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Welchol
This medication is used alone or in combination with another medication to treat high cholesterol levels in the blood (primary hypercholesterolemia). It is recommended that this medication be used along with an exercise program and a low- cholesterol, low-fat diet. Reducing cholesterol helps prevent stroke and heart attacks.
How To Use
Take this medication by mouth, with plenty of water, along with a meal. This drug is usually taken once or twice daily. Your dosage is based on your condition and response to therapy. It may take a few weeks before the full effects of this medication are noticed.
Constipation, nausea, diarrhea, gas, heartburn, or headache may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these serious side effects: muscle pain, unusual weakness, stomach pain. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: any allergies, bowel problems (obstructions), high fat levels in the blood (triglycerides greater than 300mg/dl), bleeding problems, difficulty swallowing, stomach problems (e.g., surgery, motility disorders). This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially of: other cholesterol-lowering medication, vitamin products, verapamil. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Do not share this medication with others. Laboratory and/or medical tests will be performed to monitor your progress. Know what your cholesterol level is and understand what it means. Your doctor, pharmacist or nutritionist can provide you with more information.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 36 and 86 degrees F (2 to 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.