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General Information on Colesevelam Hcl

Generic Name : Colesevelam Hcl

Pronunciation : KOE-le-SEV-e-lam

Latest prescription information about Colesevelam Hcl. 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 Colesevelam Hcl

International- Welchol.

Why is Colesevelam Hcl Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a bile acid sequestrant, prescribed for familial hypercholesterolemia and type 2 diabetes with other medications. 

When should Colesevelam Hcl not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with bowel obstruction, inflammation of the pancreas, high triglyceride levels and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Colesevelam Hcl?

For hypercholesterolemia- The recommended dose is one 3.75-gram packet once daily or one 1.875-gram packet twice daily.
For Type 2 Diabetes- The recommended dose is 6 tablets once daily or 3 tablets twice daily.

How should Colesevelam Hcl be taken?

It comes as a tablet and powder to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Colesevelam Hcl?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of trouble in swallowing, hemorrhoids, who are taking other medications, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Follow the diet and exercise program as directed by your physician.

It may lead to low blood sugar; to avoid this problem eat properly and do not skip food.

Monitor cholesterol, triglyceride and blood glucose levels regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Colesevelam Hcl?

Headache, fatigue, increased level of liver enzyme, runny nose, vomiting, constipation, indigestion, difficulty in swallowinglow blood sugar, nausea and high blood pressure.

What are the other precautions for Colesevelam Hcl?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Colesevelam Hcl?

Store it at room temperature (25C). Protect from moisture.

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