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Why is this medication prescribed?

Colestipol is prescribed primarily to lower cholesterol levels in the blood, particularly low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol. It belongs to a class of medications called bile acid sequestrants. Colestipol works by binding bile acids in the intestine, preventing them from being reabsorbed into the bloodstream. This prompts the liver to use cholesterol to produce more bile acids, which in turn lowers the amount of cholesterol circulating in the blood.

How should this medicine be used?

Colestipol is typically taken orally in the form of tablets or powder. Here’s a general guideline on how it should be used:

  • Dosage: Follow your doctor’s prescription carefully. The dosage can vary depending on your medical condition and response to treatment.
  • Administration: Colestipol tablets should be swallowed whole with plenty of water. Do not crush or chew the tablets.
  • Mixing Colestipol Powder: If you’re using the powder form, mix the prescribed amount with at least 3 to 4 ounces (about 90 to 120 milliliters) of water, juice, soup, or any other non-carbonated beverage. Stir the mixture well and drink it right away. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day while using Colestipol to prevent constipation.
  • Timing: It’s usually recommended to take Colestipol before meals or with meals to maximize its effectiveness.
  • Consistency: Try to take Colestipol at the same time(s) each day to maintain a consistent level of medication in your body.
  • Other Medications: If you’re taking other medications, take them at least 1 hour before or 4 hours after taking Colestipol. This is because Colestipol can interfere with the absorption of other medications if taken too closely together.
  • Follow-up: Attend follow-up appointments with your doctor to monitor your response to Colestipol and adjust your treatment plan as needed.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Remember that Colestipol is typically used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes lifestyle modifications such as a healthy diet, regular exercise, and weight management.

Always consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about how to use Colestipol properly. They can provide personalized advice based on your medical history and current medications.

Other uses for this medicine

Aside from its primary use in lowering cholesterol, Colestipol may also have off-label uses, such as:

  • Treatment of certain types of diarrhea, particularly bile acid diarrhea.
  • Management of certain skin conditions like pruritus (itching), which may be associated with excess bile acids.

What special precautions should I follow?

Special precautions to follow while taking Colestipol include:

  • Medical History: Inform your doctor about your medical history, including any allergies, digestive disorders, kidney problems, or any other medical conditions you have.
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, discuss the risks and benefits of using Colestipol with your doctor. It’s essential to weigh the potential benefits of cholesterol management against any potential risks to the fetus or infant.
  • Interactions with Other Medications: Colestipol can interact with certain medications, including other cholesterol-lowering drugs, thyroid hormones, some vitamins, and certain drugs used to treat heart rhythm problems. Inform your doctor about all medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking before starting Colestipol.
  • Nutritional Considerations: Colestipol can interfere with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and some other nutrients. Your doctor may recommend taking vitamin supplements or making dietary adjustments to prevent deficiencies.
  • Regular Monitoring: Your doctor may periodically monitor your cholesterol levels, liver function, and overall health while you are taking Colestipol to assess its effectiveness and detect any potential side effects.
  • Fluid Intake: Drink plenty of fluids while taking Colestipol to prevent constipation and ensure proper hydration.

Always follow your doctor’s instructions and advice regarding the use of Colestipol and any other medications. If you experience any concerning symptoms or side effects while taking Colestipol, contact your healthcare provider promptly.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Special dietary instructions while taking Colestipol typically involve maintaining a heart-healthy diet low in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol. You may be advised to increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. It’s also important to limit your consumption of high-cholesterol foods and to avoid excessive alcohol intake.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you forget to take a dose of Colestipol, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you have any concerns or questions about missed doses, consult your doctor or pharmacist for guidance.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Colestipol, like any medication, can cause side effects, although not everyone experiences them. Some common side effects of Colestipol include:

  • Gastrointestinal Disturbances: These can include constipation, bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, and nausea. Increasing fluid intake and dietary fiber can help alleviate these symptoms.
  • Nutritional Deficiencies: Colestipol can interfere with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and some other nutrients, potentially leading to deficiencies if not addressed with appropriate supplementation or dietary adjustments.
  • Bowel Obstruction: In rare cases, Colestipol can cause bowel obstruction, particularly in individuals with a history of gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Esophageal Obstruction: There have been reports of esophageal obstruction, especially in patients with swallowing disorders or esophageal strictures, when Colestipol tablets are taken without adequate fluid.
  • Allergic Reactions: Allergic reactions to Colestipol are rare but can include symptoms such as rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction.
  • Liver Problems: Although uncommon, Colestipol may affect liver function in some individuals, leading to elevated liver enzyme levels. Your doctor may monitor your liver function periodically while you’re taking this medication.
  • Changes in Blood Glucose Levels: Colestipol may affect blood glucose levels, especially in individuals with diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar levels closely and report any significant changes to your doctor.
  • Interactions with Other Medications: Colestipol can interact with other medications, potentially affecting their absorption and effectiveness. Inform your doctor about all medications you are taking before starting Colestipol.

It’s essential to report any unusual or persistent side effects to your doctor promptly. They can help determine whether the side effect is related to Colestipol and whether any adjustments to your treatment plan are necessary.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Storage and disposal of Colestipol:


  • Room Temperature: Store Colestipol tablets or powder at room temperature away from light and moisture.
  • Keep Away from Children and Pets: Store Colestipol in a secure place out of reach of children and pets to prevent accidental ingestion.
  • Avoid Extreme Conditions: Do not store Colestipol in the bathroom or near the kitchen sink where it could be exposed to moisture or high humidity. Avoid storing it in excessively hot or cold environments.


  • Follow Local Guidelines: Dispose of unused or expired Colestipol medication according to local guidelines or any specific instructions provided by your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Do Not Flush: Do not flush Colestipol tablets or powder down the toilet unless instructed to do so by local regulations. This helps prevent environmental contamination.
  • Ask Pharmacist: If you’re unsure about how to properly dispose of Colestipol, ask your pharmacist for guidance.

In case of emergency/overdose

  • Seek Medical Attention: In case of an overdose or if you suspect someone has ingested too much Colestipol, seek emergency medical attention immediately.
  • Symptoms of Overdose: Symptoms of Colestipol overdose may include severe constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, and potentially bowel obstruction.

What other information should I know?

  • Regular Follow-up: Attend regular follow-up appointments with your doctor to monitor your response to Colestipol and assess its effectiveness in lowering cholesterol levels.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Colestipol is typically used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes dietary changes, regular exercise, and other lifestyle modifications to manage cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Lab Tests: Your doctor may order periodic lab tests to monitor your cholesterol levels, liver function, and other parameters while you’re taking Colestipol.
  • Avoid Alcohol: Limit your alcohol intake while taking Colestipol, as excessive alcohol consumption can raise triglyceride levels and interfere with cholesterol management.
  • Patient Education: Make sure you understand how to take Colestipol properly, including dosage instructions, potential side effects, and any special precautions or dietary considerations.
  • Keep a List of Medications: Maintain a list of all medications you are taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, supplements, and herbal products, and provide this information to your healthcare providers to avoid potential drug interactions.

Always consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about Colestipol or its use. They can provide personalized advice based on your individual needs and medical history.

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