Colestid

Colestid Medication Information:

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Colestid 1 gm
Colestid Granules 7.500 g

What is Colestid used for?

Colestid is the brand name for the drug colestipol hydrochloride.

Colestid helps to reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol is a fatty substance which is made and used by your body. Sometimes the cholesterol level in the blood becomes higher than it should. Over time, this can cause the arteries of the heart and other organs to thicken. When this happens, blood cannot reach these organs and they may become damaged.


How does Colestid work?

Colestid works by preventing bile acids from being taken up in the blood.

Bile acids are formed when your body breaks down cholesterol. Colestid acts by trapping bile acids in the bowels. Bile acids trapped by Colestid pass out of your body instead of going into the blood. When there are less bile acids, your body is forced to break down more cholesterol, which will lower the cholesterol level in your blood.


What should I do before taking Colestid?

  • Do not use Colestid Granules, if you have taken Colestid Orange Granules or Colestid Tablets before and had any allergic reactions.

  • Do not use Colestid Orange Granules, if you have taken Colestid Granules or Colestid Tablets before and had any allergic reactions.

  • Tell your doctor about any health problems you have now or have had in the past. Some conditions can affect your cholesterol level and should be treated before you take Colestid.

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, if you become pregnant or if you are breast-feeding your baby. Your doctor will tell you if he or she wants you to stop taking Colestid.

  • Tell your doctor about all the medicine you are taking, even medicine you buy without a prescription.

Take other medication at least 1 hour before you take Colestid or wait 4 hours after you take Colestid before taking other medication.


When do I take Colestid?

Take Colestid before, during, or after a meal. If you take Colestid more than once a day, take one dose at breakfast or lunch, and a second dose in the evening. For best results, your morning dose should be slightly smaller than your evening dose. Your doctor will advise you on how many packets or scoops of Colestid you should take.

If you are taking Colestid more than once a day, do not miss the evening dose. It is the most important dose to remember.

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. For the rest of the day continue on your regular schedule. But, if you miss a dose and it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the 2 doses together. Take only the dose you should be taking at this time.

Do not take a double dose of Colestid to make up for missed doses.

Your doctor will put you on a special diet to help lower your cholesterol. Follow the diet while you are taking Colestid. Taking Colestid does not replace the need to be on a special diet. It is important for your treatment that you do both.


How do I take Colestid?

Never take this medicine in its dry form, as it can cause you to choke.

Always mix Colestid with liquids or foods.

  • For liquids you may choose: water, milk, flavored drink, juice, pop or soda, or any other liquid of your choice.

  • For foods you may choose: cereals (hot or cold), soups (avoid chunky soups), yogurt, pudding, cottage cheese or pulpy fruits (crushed pineapple, pears, peaches or fruit cocktail).

Step 1. Add the amount of your dose (packets or scoops) of Colestid to at least 100 mL (3 to 4 oz) of liquid or food. Note: a heavy or pulpy juice may reduce the “gritty” feel of the medicine.

Step 2. Stir the medicine until it is evenly mixed. In liquids, the medicine will not completely dissolve; you will still be able to see the granules.

Step 3. Drink or eat all of the mixture. When you are finished, rinse the glass or bowl with a small amount of liquid to make sure you take all the medicine.


What may I experience with Colestid?

Since Colestid is not absorbed, it rarely causes any serious problems. At the start some people have constipation. In some cases this can be severe. Severe constipation may cause blood to appear in the feces. Stomach pain, nausea, gas, heartburn, ulcers, bloating or diarrhea may also occur. Call your doctor, if these effects continue or worsen. If you feel any other unusual effects not listed here, see your doctor.


What ingredients for Colestid are in Colestid?

  • Colestid Granules contain the active drug colestipol hydrochloride and a nonmedicinal ingredient Colloidal silicon dioxide.

  • Colestid Orange Granules contain the active drug colestipol hydrochloride. Nonmedicinal ingredients include mannitol, methylcellulose, citric acid, aspartame, maltol, beta carotene, glycerin, artificial and natural flavor.


How do I store Colestid?

Keep this medicine away from children. Store Colestid away from heat, direct sunlight and humid places like your bathroom. Colestid is best kept at room temperature in a dry place.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have more questions or need more information.


Colestid Tablets: What are Colestid Tablets used for?

Colestid is the brand name for the drug colestipol hydrochloride.

Colestid Tablets help to reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol is a fatty substance which is made and used by your body. Sometimes the cholesterol level in the blood becomes higher than it should. Over time, this can cause the arteries of the heart and other organs to thicken. When this happens, blood cannot reach these organs and they may become damaged.


How do Colestid Tablets work?

Colestid Tablets work by preventing bile acids from being taken up in the blood.

Bile acids are formed when your body breaks down cholesterol. The medicine in Colestid Tablets acts by trapping bile acids in the bowels. Bile acids trapped by Colestid Tablets pass out of your body instead of going into the blood. When there are less bile acids, your body is forced to break down more cholesterol, which will lower the cholesterol level in your blood.


What should I do before taking Colestid Tablets?

  • Do not use Colestid Tablets if you have taken Colestid Granules or Colestid Orange Granules before and had any allergic reactions.

  • Tell your doctor about any health problems you have now or have had in the past. Some conditions can affect your cholesterol level and should be treated before you take Colestid Tablets.

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, if you become pregnant or if you are breast-feeding your baby. Your doctor will tell you if he or she wants you to stop taking Colestid Tablets.

  • Tell your doctor about all the medicine you are taking, even medicine you buy without a prescription.

Take other medication at least 1hour before you take Colestid Tablets or wait 4 hours after you take Colestid Tablets before taking other medication.


When do I take Colestid Tablets?

Take Colestid Tablets with your meals. If you take Colestid Tablets more than once a day, take one dose at breakfast or lunch, and a second dose in the evening. For best results, your morning dose should be slightly smaller than your evening dose. Your doctor will advise you on how many Colestid Tablets you should take.

If you are taking Colestid Tablets more than once a day, do not miss the evening dose. It is the most important dose to remember.

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. For the rest of the day continue on your regular schedule. But, if you miss a dose and it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the 2 doses together. Take only the dose you should be taking at this time.

Do not take a double dose of Colestid Tablets to make up for missed doses.

Your doctor will put you on a special diet to help lower your cholesterol. Follow the diet while you are taking Colestid Tablets. Taking Colestid Tablets does not replace the need to be on a special diet. It is important for your treatment that you do both.


How do I take Colestid Tablets?

Do not cut, chew or crush the tablets. Swallow Colestid Tablets whole. Take them with a full glass of liquid. You may choose water, milk, flavored drink, juice, pop or soda, or any other liquid of your choice.


What may I experience with Colestid Tablets?

Since the active drug in Colestid Tablets is not absorbed, it rarely causes any serious problems. At the start some people have constipation. In some cases this can be severe. Severe constipation may cause blood to appear in the feces. Stomach pain, nausea, gas, heartburn, ulcers, bloating or diarrhea may also occur. Call your doctor, if these effects continue or worsen. If you feel any other unusual effects not listed here, see your doctor.


What ingredients for Colestid are in Colestid Tablets?

Colestid Tablets contain the active drug colestipol hydrochloride. Nonmedicinal ingredients include povidone, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, cellulose acetate phthalate, triacetin, hypromellose and carnauba wax.


 

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