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Colestid (Granules)

Generic Name: Colestipol Granules (koe LES ti pol)
Brand Name: Colestid

Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

Uses of Colestid:

  • It is used to lower cholesterol.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Colestid?

  • If you have an allergy to colestipol or any other part of Colestid (colestipol granules).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Colestid (colestipol granules) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Colestid?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Colestid (colestipol granules). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.
  • This medicine may affect how much of some other drugs are in your body. If you are taking other drugs, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while taking Colestid (colestipol granules) with your other drugs.
  • Take other drugs at least 1 hour before or 4 hours after you take Colestid (colestipol granules).
  • Low vitamin K levels have happened in people taking Colestid (colestipol granules) for a long time. This may raise the chance of bleeding. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
  • If you have hemorrhoids, talk with your doctor. Hemorrhoids may get worse with Colestid (colestipol granules).
  • If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), talk with your doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Colestid (colestipol granules) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Colestid) best taken?

Use Colestid (colestipol granules) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Do not take dry powder.
  • Mix with at least 3 ounces (90 mL) of water or other liquid and drink. After drinking, rinse the glass with more liquid and drink.
  • You may also mix Colestid (colestipol granules) with cereals, soups, and fruits like applesauce or crushed pineapple. Follow how to mix as you have been told.
  • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Very hard stools (constipation).
  • Trouble swallowing.
  • Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.

What are some other side effects of Colestid?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Belly pain or heartburn.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Gas.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to the diet may help. Talk with the doctor about a stool softener or laxative.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Colestid?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Colestid (colestipol granules), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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