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Colestid Side Effects

Generic Name: colestipol

Note: This document contains side effect information about colestipol. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Colestid.

For the Consumer

Applies to colestipol: oral powder for suspension, oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, colestipol (the active ingredient contained in Colestid) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking colestipol:

Rare
  • Black, tarry stools
  • stomach pain (severe) with nausea and vomiting

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking colestipol:

More common
  • Constipation
Rare
  • Loss of weight (sudden)

Some side effects of colestipol may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Belching
  • bloating
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • stomach pain

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to colestipol: oral granule for reconstitution, oral tablet

General

The most frequently reported side effects were gastrointestinal in nature and included constipation, abdominal pain, and abdominal discomfort.[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Constipation, abdominal pain, abdominal discomfort
Common (1% to 10%): Hematochezia, hemorrhoid hemorrhage, abdominal distention, dyspepsia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Belching, gastrointestinal bleeding, peptic ulcer, hemorrhoids
Frequency not reported: Indigestion[Ref]

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Rash
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Urticaria, dermatitis[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Migraine, sinus headache, headache
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dizziness
Rare (less than 0.1%): Drowsiness
Frequency not reported: Light-headedness

Cardiovascular

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Angina pectoris, tachycardia[Ref]

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Chest pain, peripheral edema, asthenia
Rare (less than 0.1%): Vertigo
Frequency not reported: Serum phosphorus increased, serum chloride increased, serum sodium decreased, serum potassium decreased, weakness[Ref]

Hepatic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cholecystitis, cholelithiasis, ALT increased, AST increased, blood alkaline phosphatase increased[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Common (1% to 10%): Arthritis, arthralgia, back pain, musculoskeletal pain, pain in extremity[Ref]

Metabolic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Appetite decreased
Frequency not reported: Anorexia[Ref]

Psychiatric

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Insomnia
Rare (less than 0.1%): Anxiety[Ref]

Respiratory

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dyspnea
Frequency not reported: Shortness of breath[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Colestid (colestipol HCI)." Pharmacia and Upjohn, Kalamazoo, MI.

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

Some side effects of Colestid may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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