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Generic: colestipol
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It is used to lower cholesterol in patients who are at risk of heart disease or stroke

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What is this medicine?

COLESTIPOL (koe LES ti pole) is used to lower cholesterol in patients who are at risk of heart disease or stroke. This medicine is only for patients whose cholesterol level is not controlled by diet.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • constipation or bowel obstruction
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to colestipol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Tablets must be taken one at a time and swallowed whole. Do not cut, crush or chew. Take other medicines at least 1 hour before or 4 hours after this medicine. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • diuretics
  • gemfibrozil
  • heart medicines such as digoxin or digitoxin
  • penicillin G
  • phytonadione (vitamin k)
  • propranolol
  • tetracycline antibiotics
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin D

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your blood fats and other tests will be measured from time to time.

This medicine is only part of a total cholesterol- lowering program. Your health care professional or dietician can suggest a low- cholesterol and low- fat diet that will reduce your risk of getting heart and blood vessel disease. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule.

To reduce the chance of getting constipated, drink plenty of water and increase the amount of fiber in your diet. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice if you are constipated.

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