colestipol, Colestid (cont.)

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PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of colestipol in pregnant women. Since colestipol is not absorbed into the body it is not expected to have much effect on the fetus. However, colestipol is known to interfere with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, and K), which may lead to deficiencies even with supplementation.

NURSING MOTHERS: Colestipol may interfere with absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, and K), which may lead to deficiencies even with supplementation. Since colestipol is not absorbed into the body it is not expected to be secreted in breast milk.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common adverse effect is constipation. Abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, dizziness, flatulence, nausea, and vomiting occur less frequently. Rarely, ulcers, reduced absorption of nutrients, fatty stools, and stomach or intestinal bleeding may occur.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Last Editorial Review: 6/22/2009



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