Colestid (Colestipol)

(℞) Prescription Required

    Colestid (Colestipol) Dosage and Side Effects

    COLESTID is used to reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood.

    Proper Use of this medication

    Usual adult dose:

    COLESTID Granules or COLESTID ORANGE Granules:

    5 to 30 g per day once or in divided doses. Usual starting dose is 5 g once or twice a day.

    COLESTID Tablets:

    2 to 16 g per day once or in divided doses. Usual starting dose is 2 g once or twice a day.

    Dosages can be increased at one month intervals. Your doctor will decide the best dosage for you.

    Usual dose for Children 10 years and older:

    Will be determined by the doctor. The lowest dose of the granules is recommended.

    COLESTID Granules or COLESTID ORANGE Granules:

    Never take COLESTID ORANGE granules USP or COLESTID granules in its dry form, as it can cause you to choke.

    A heavy or pulpy juice may reduce the “gritty” feel of the medicine.

    Unsweetened juice may make COLESTID taste better.

    Preparation:

    Always mix COLESTID with liquids or foods.

    • For liquids you may choose: water, milk, flavoured drink, juice or any other liquid of your choice.

    • For foods you may choose: cereals (hot or cold), soups (avoid chunky soups), yogurt, pudding, cottage cheese or pulpy fruits (crushed pineapple, pears, peaches or fruit cocktail).

    Step 1. Add the amount of your dose (packets) of COLESTID to at least 100 mL (3-4 oz) of liquid or food.

    Step 2. Stir the medicine until it is evenly mixed. The medicine will not completely dissolve; you will still be able to see the granules.

    Step 3. Drink or eat all of the mixture. When you are finished, rinse the glass or bowl with a small amount of liquid that you drink to make sure you have taken all the medicine.

    COLESTID Tablets:

    Do not cut, chew or crush the tablets.

    Swallow COLESTID Tablets whole. Take them with a full glass of liquid. You may choose water, milk, flavoured drink, juice, pop or soda, or any other liquid of your choice.

    Take COLESTID Tablets with your meals. If you take COLESTID Tablets more than once a day, take one dose at breakfast or lunch, and a second dose in the evening.

    Missed dose:

    If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. For the rest of the day continue on your regular schedule. But, if you miss a dose and it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the 2 doses together. Take only the dose you should be taking at this time.

    Do not take a double dose of COLESTID to make up for missed doses.

    Side Effects

    Side effects may include:

    • new or worsened constipation

    • worsened haemorrhoids and bleeding from haemorrhoids

    • raised liver enzymes levels in your blood

    • gas, heartburn, vomiting, loss of appetite

    • hives

    • headache, anxiety, vertigo, drowsiness

    • fatigue, weakness

    Warnings and Precautions

    BEFORE you use COLESTID talk to your doctor or pharmacist if:

    • You have or have had in the past any health problems as some conditions can affect your cholesterol level and should be treated before you take COLESTID.

    • You have dysproteinemia (an abnormality in protein content of the blood, usually in the content of immunoglobulins), diabetes, thyroid, gallbladder, kidney or liver disease.

    • You have a deficiency of vitamins A, D, or K.

    • You are pregnant, if you become pregnant or if you are breastfeeding your baby.

    • You are taking other medicines, even medicine without prescription.

    • You have irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis and diverticulitis, as these conditions can be influenced by the nonmedicinal ingredient colloidal silicon present in these products.

    Interactions with this medication

    COLESTID can reduce the effect of other medications taken at the same time. Take other medications at least 1 hour before or, wait 4 hours after you take COLESTID before taking other medications.

    Drugs that may interact with COLESTID include:

    • Antibiotics

    • Beta-blockers (used to decrease blood pressure)

    • Digoxin or digitoxin

    • Diuretics (water pills)

    • Warfarin (anticoagulant)

    Other related products

    The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.