Colestipol - Drug Information

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General Information on Colestipol

Generic Name : Colestipol

Pronunciation : koe les' ti pole

Latest prescription information about Colestipol. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Antilipemics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Colestipol

International- Colestid.

Why is Colestipol Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a lipid-lowering agent, prescribed for high cholesterol. 

When should Colestipol not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Colestipol?

PO- The recommended dose range is 2 to 16gm/day in divided doses.

How should Colestipol be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Colestipol?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart disease, blood problems, high blood cholesterol, kidney or liver problems, under active thyroid, constipation, bleeding, difficulty in swallowing, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breast feeding.
It may cause dizziness or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Follow the diet and exercise program as directed by your physician.
Monitor blood cholesterol level regularly.

What are the side effects of Colestipol?

   Gastrointestinal : Abdominal pain, cramps, intestinal gas (bloating and flatulence), indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea, loose stools, nausea and vomiting.
   Cardiovascular : Chest pain and fast heart rate.
   Hypersensitivity : Rash, hives and skin inflammation.
   Musculoskeletal : Musculoskeletal pain, aches, pains in the extremities, joint pain and backache.
   Central Nervous System : Headache, sinus headache, dizziness, lightheadedness and sleeplessness.
   Miscellaneous : Loss of appetite, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, and swelling of the hands or feet.

What are the other precautions for Colestipol?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Colestipol?

Store it at room temperature and away from moisture. Keep away from children.

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