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Generic Name: Colesevelam (KOH-leh-SEV-eh-lam)
Brand Name: Welchol
Welchol is used for:
Reducing high cholesterol levels. It may be used alone or with other medications, in addition to diet and exercise.
Welchol is a bile acid sequestrant. It works by increasing the removal of bile acids from the body. As the body loses bile acids, it replaces them by converting cholesterol from the blood to bile acids. This causes the blood level of cholesterol to decrease.
Do NOT use Welchol if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Welchol :
Some medical conditions may interact with Welchol . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Welchol . However, no specific interactions with Welchol are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Welchol may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Welchol :
Use this medicine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Welchol .
Important safety information:
Possible side effects of Welchol :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Welchol :
Store Welchol at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Welchol out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Welchol . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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