Colestipol is a medication that is used along with a proper diet to lower cholesterol in the blood. By decreasing cholesterol, it in turn lowers the risk of strokes and heart attacks. In addition to a proper diet, other lifestyle changes that will work alongside this medication are exercising, losing weight if overweight, and quit smoking. Consult your doctor for me details.
This medication achieves results by removing the bile acid from the body from people with high cholesterol. This causes the lover to make more bile acid by using the cholesterol in the blood. And overall this aids in lower ones cholesterol levels.
If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 1 to 2 times a day. This medication comes as granules with doses measured by the scoopful (using the provided scoop) or in individual dose packets. Do not take your dose in the dry powder form. Mix the medication in at least 3 ounces (90 milliliters) of liquid (such as water, milk, fruit juice), stir completely, and drink right away. Rinse your glass with more liquid and drink the rinse liquid to be sure that you have taken the entire dose. You may also mix this medication with watery soups, applesauce, or a pulpy fruit which has a lot of juice (such as crushed pineapple, peaches).
The dosage is base on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. To reduce the risk of gaining any side effects your doctor may start you on a lower dosage to gradually increase it as you go forward in the treatment. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully, and keep in mind that it may take several weeks before you gain the full benefit of the medication.
Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to Colestipol, or if you have any other allergies in general.
Before using this medication it is always best to go over your medical history with your doctor, especially if you have had the following; swallowing problems, constipation, hemorrhoids, kidney disease.
Because this drug can interfere with the absorption of certain nutrients (such as folic acid, fat-soluble vitamins including A, D, E, K), your doctor may direct you to take a multivitamin supplement. Consult your doctor for more information.
Constipation, stomach/abdominal pain, gas, nausea, and vomiting may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.
There is some serious side effects to this medication, and if you are encountering any of them, notify your doctor right away. These side effects are listed below; difficulty swallowing, chest pain/pressure, severe stomach/abdominal pain, unusual bleeding/bruising, rapid breathing, confusion.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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