CholestaGel lowers the bad cholesterol in our blood, also referred to as LDL cholesterol. By lowering the LDL cholesterol, CholestaGel helps in reducing the risks of toughened arteries and prevents heart attacks, blood circulation ailments and stroke.
CHOLESTAGEL ACTIONCholestaGel is marketed under the brand name WelChol. It is recommended to those having primary hypercholesterolemia or high cholesterol level in the blood. It usually complements a good exercise plan and a healthy diet consisting of low fat and low cholesterol foods. CholestaGel causes the passing of more bile acid out of the body. This triggers the liver to produce more bile acid, which results in more cholesterol being taken out and cholesterol levels being lowered.
It can also be used to improve the glycemic control among people suffering from type 2 diabetes. It is not, however, recommended for those who have Type 1 diabetes.
CHOLESTAGEL INTERACTIONSCholestaGel may also be used with other medications such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, fluvastatin, rosuvastatin, pravastatin, and simvastatin.
CHOLESTAGEL DOSAGECholestaGel is taken orally 1-2 times a day, or as prescribed by your doctor. For best results, it is advised that patients take CholestaGel after meals with a glass of water.
The dosage is usually based on the medical condition of the patient. Doctors gradually increase the dosage over time depending on the patient's response to the medication. It usually takes 2 weeks or a couple of months to make the cholesterol level go down.
Patients should take the medication according to the dosing schedule prescribed by their physicians. It also helps if they take CholestaGel at the same time every day.
CHOLESTAGEL SIDE EFFECTSSome of the less common side effects of CholestaGel include chills, blurred vision, cold sweat, mood condition attacks, cough, confusion, pale skin, depression, dizziness, diarrhea, acute pharyngitis, irregular heartbeat, fever, headache, increased hunger, loss of appetite, and discomfort. Patients may also experience pain in the joints, muscle aches, wamble, rhinorrhea, nervousness, seizures, shivering, sweating, vomiting, difficulty in sleeping and swallowing, and unusual weakness.
Some of the more common side effects of CholestaGel are heartburn, pain in the abdomen, bloating, belching, constipation, stomach discomfort, or a bloated feeling.
In case patients experience any of these symptoms, they should immediately inform their physician or pharmacist.
CHOLESTAGEL PRECAUTIONSCholestaGel can result in low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. It is important that symptoms of hypoglycemia are controlled before it results in the patient passing out. Hypoglycemia has different symptoms so patients should learn which symptoms indicate that they have a low blood sugar. Some of the symptoms of hypoglycemia are mood condition, cold sweats, blurred vision, difficulty in focusing, drowsiness, fast heartbeat, restlessness, slurred speech, and unexplained weakness.
Patients should also refrain from eating high fat foods since CholestaGel will not effectively lower the cholesterol if they continue eating such unhealthy foods. It also helps if the patient complements CholestaGel with regular exercise.
It is also important that patients refrain from taking any medications 4 hours prior to and after taking CholestaGel since it can alter the effectiveness of this medication.
Cholestagel has the following structural formula:
Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-(chloromethyl)oxirane; prop-2-en-1-amine; N-prop-2-enyldecan-1-amine; trimethyl-(6-prop-2-enylaminohexyl)ammonium; chloride; hydrochloride
Cholestagel available : 625mg tablets
Cholestagel available : 625mg tablets
Generic name: Colesevelam
Brand name(s): Welchol
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