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colestipol Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- bloody or black, tarry stools
- severe stomach pain with nausea and vomiting
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- weight loss
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- nausea, vomiting
- stomach upset, belching, or bloating
colestipol May Interact with Other Medications
- heart medicines such as digoxin or digitoxin
- penicillin G
- phytonadione (vitamin k)
- tetracycline antibiotics
- vitamin A
- vitamin D
How to Use colestipol
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.
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
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.
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.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
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Last Updated: January 16, 2013