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Lipid Disorders and Colestipol

Read more about Colestipol.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] Overview

Colestipol (Colestid) is used to lower cholesterol and other harmful types of cholesterol in the body.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] Effect of Colestipol on Lipid Disorders

Colestipol decreases the production of LDL ("bad") cholesterol.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] How to Use Colestipol

This medicine can be used alone or in combination with another cholesterol-lowering agent. It is available in powder and tablet form. Follow a diet plan and exercise program as recommended by your healthcare provider. Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.

Powder:

  • Mix with 1/2 cup of milk, fruit juice, or broth.
  • May also mix with applesauce or crushed pineapple.

Tablet:

  • Take this medicine one tablet at a time.
  • Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
  • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

[Revisions] [Writers] Side Effects and Warnings

What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• Do not take any other medicines within 4 hours of this medicine.

• If you have PKU, talk with healthcare provider. Some products do contain phenylalanine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

• Belly pain.

• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

• Headache.

• Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.

• Bloating.

• Diarrhea.

Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.

• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

• Severe nausea or vomiting.

• Severe belly pain.

• Severe constipation.

• Severe diarrhea.

• Unusual bruising or bleeding.

• Any rash.

• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.