Colesevelam is a cholesterol-lowering drug. Colesevelam lowers “bad” cholesterol in the blood, which is also called LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. Lowering your LDL cholesterol may reduce your risk of hardened arteries, which can lead to heart attacks, stroke, and circulation problems. Colesevelam is sometimes used together with another cholesterol-lowering medication such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), or simvastatin (Zocor). Colesevelam is also used to improve glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes. This medication is not for treating type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes. Do not take colesevelam if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment with insulin). Colesevelam may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take this medicine with a meal and a full glass of water or other liquid. You may have to take up to 7 tablets at a time each time you take colesevelam. Follow your doctor’s instructions. Colesevelam is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control.

Source: http://www.everydayhealth.com/info/v1/what-is-Welchol/?z=general/dlp

Welchol Discussions

  1. link Loclstyz
    Serious side effects after on Welchol for 1 week
    I ended up in the emergency room after having multiple side effects from taking Welchol for about 5 days. I was unable to eat or drink, felt extremely - 79% more...
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  2. link Grandmaj
    Welchol and my side effects
    Loss of hair, muscle weekness to a point where could not function normally, memory loss, black marks on both legs. When I finally stopped taking it be - 85% more...
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  3. link Patient007
    mechanism of Welchol and its effect on Internal Health Ecosystem
    Welchol 625mg is known to both doctors and patient to reduce Triglyceride level in the bloodstream however the effects of reducing Triglyceride create - 93% more...
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  4. link Loud
    Excellent results at 3 weeks
    As I am unable to tolerate statins, my doctor prescribed Welchol, and I noticed an improvement in energy and mood by the second day. I don't know what - 64% more...
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  5. link Nando Man
    Serious stomach pain
    I was on Welchol for about a month. Every other day I would have some serious stomach pain that would last for at least 10 hours each time. I stopped - 34% more...
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  6. link Cassie32
    Same type symptoms
    I have been on Welchol for about six weeks and my joints have gotten really sore and a lot of stiffness. My feet are like lead in the morning and sore - 77% more...
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  7. link Sharron
    scared now
    I tried first Lipitor, then Pravastin and could not tolerate them. Now my doctor has prescribed Welchol. After reading all the complaints people have - 76% more...
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  8. link Deejo
    welchol has given me awful side effects.
    Have been on welchol for1 yr. Have had severe hip, knee, neck ,ankle and wrist pain. Diarhea, fatigue and sleeplessnes. Visits to doctor and emergency - 55% more...
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  9. link Gianina
    Just prescribed
    I just came from a doctor's appt. and was just prescribed the med Welchol but after reading all the possible side effects, it is scaring me! Is there - 17% more...
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  10. link Bigron64
    WELCHOL A BAD DRUG
    I HAVE BEEN ON WELCHOL FOR 5 YEARS 1 WAS TAKING 2 A DAY. BUT NOW IM TAKING 4 ADAY 625MG, I AM A DIABETIC I DONT SLEEP GOOD AT NIGHT AND I HAVE HEAD AC - 51% more...
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