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Colestid Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Colestid (micronized colestipol hydrochloride) Tablets is used to lower "bad" cholesterol in the blood, which is also called LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. Lowering LDL cholesterol may reduce the risk of hardened arteries, which can lead to heart attacks, stroke, and circulation problems. It is a cholesterol-lowering drug. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include constipation, stomach/abdominal pain, gas, nausea, and vomiting.
For adults, Colestid Tablets are recommended in doses of 2 to 16 grams/day given once or in divided doses. The starting dose should be 2 grams once or twice daily. Dosage increases of 2 grams, once or twice daily should occur at 1- or 2-month intervals. Colestid may interact with steroids, heart medications, diuretics (water pills), antibiotics, or other cholesterol-lowering medications. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. During pregnancy, Colestid should be used only when prescribed. It may affect the absorption of certain nutrients. This medication is unlikely to pass into breast milk. It may affect the absorption of certain nutrients. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Colestid (micronized colestipol hydrochloride) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is Patient Information in Detail?
Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.
Colestid in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- trouble swallowing;
- severe constipation or stomach pain;
- black, bloody, or tarry stools; or
- easy bruising or bleeding, muscle or joint pain, loss of appetite.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild or occasional constipation;
- gas, indigestion, heartburn;
- diarrhea; or
- hemorrhoids or rectal irritation.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Colestid (Colestipol)
What is Patient Information Overview?
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Colestid Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
To prevent constipation, eat a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise. If you become constipated while using this drug, consult your pharmacist for help in selecting a stool softener and/or a laxative.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effect occurs: difficulty swallowing, chest pain/pressure, severe stomach/abdominal pain, unusual bleeding/bruising, rapid breathing, confusion.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Colestid (Colestipol)
What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
Colestid FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
The most common adverse reactions are confined to the gastrointestinal tract. To achieve minimal GI disturbance with an optimal LDL-C lowering effect, a gradual increase of dosage starting with 2 grams, once or twice daily is recommended. Constipation is the major single complaint and at times is severe. Most instances of constipation are mild, transient, and controlled with standard treatment. Increased fluid intake and inclusion of additional dietary fiber should be the first step; a stool softener may be added if needed. Some patients require decreased dosage or discontinuation of therapy. Hemorrhoids may be aggravated.
Other, less frequent gastrointestinal complaints consist of abdominal discomfort (abdominal pain and cramping), intestinal gas (bloating and flatulence), indigestion and heartburn, diarrhea and loose stools, and nausea and vomiting. Bleeding hemorrhoids and blood in the stool have been infrequently reported. Peptic ulceration, cholecystitis, and cholelithiasis have been rarely reported in patients receiving colestipol hydrochloride granules, and are not necessarily drug related.
Difficulty swallowing and transient esophageal obstruction have been rarely reported in patients taking COLESTID Tablets.
Transient and modest elevations of aspartate aminotransferase (AST, SGOT), alanine aminotransferase (ALT, SGPT) and alkaline phosphatase were observed on one or more occasions in various patients treated with colestipol hydrochloride.
The following nongastrointestinal adverse reactions have been reported with generally equal frequency in patients receiving COLESTID Tablets, colestipol granules, or placebo in clinical studies:
Musculoskeletal pain, aches and pains in the extremities, joint pain and arthritis, and backache have been reported.
Anorexia, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, and swelling of the hands or feet, have been infrequently reported.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Colestid (Colestipol)
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