GENERIC NAME: colestipol
BRAND NAME: Colestid
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
- Colestipol is used together with dietary modifications for the treatment of high blood cholesterol levels.
- Other less common uses include treatment of diarrhea due to increased intestinal bile acids after some types of intestinal surgery and treatment of itching associated with partial obstruction to the flow of bile due to liver disease. The itching is believed to be due to the accumulation of bile acids in the body.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common adverse effect is constipation. Other less frequent side effects are:
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal cramps
- Abdominal distension
Rarely, ulcers, reduced absorption of nutrients, fatty stools, and stomach or intestinal bleeding may occur.
Other serious side effects of colestipol include:
- Fecal impaction
- Esophageal obstruction
- Gallbladder inflammation
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