colestipol tablet - oral, Colestid (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, usually 1 to 2 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Take each dose with a large glass (8 ounces/240 milliliters) of liquid (such as water, milk). If your prescribed dose of colestipol is more than 1 tablet per dose, take the tablets one at a time because the tablets are large. Do not try to swallow more than one tablet at once. However, swallow each tablet whole. Do not cut, crush, or chew the tablets.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. It may take several weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug.Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.Colestipol may decrease the absorption of other medications you may be taking. Therefore, take other medications at least 1 hour before or 4 hours after taking your colestipol dose.
SIDE EFFECTS: Constipation, stomach pain/cramping, gas, nausea, and vomiting may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.To help prevent constipation, maintain a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise. If you become constipated while using this drug, consult your pharmacist in selecting a stool softener or a laxative.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: trouble swallowing, unusual bleeding/bruising.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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