- What is colesevelam, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for colesevelam?
- Do I need a prescription for colesevelam?
- What are the side effects of colesevelam?
- What is the dosage for colesevelam?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with colesevelam?
- Is colesevelam safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about colesevelam?
What is the dosage for colesevelam?
Colesevelam usually is taken one or two times daily with a meal.
Which drugs or supplements interact with colesevelam?
: Colesevelam reduces the absorption of cyclosporine, glyburide (Micronase, DiaBeta, Glynase, Prestab), levothyroxine sodium (Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, Unithroid), and oral contraceptives containing ethinyl estradiol or norethindrone by binding to them in the stomach and preventing their absorption into the body. Colesevelam also may reduce the activity of phenytoin (Dilantin) and warfarin (Coumadin). Drugs that interact with colesevelam should be administered four hours before the administration of colesevelam and, when possible, drug levels should be monitored.
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