Colestid review

Colestid is a bile acid-binding resin that helps the liver produce more bile acid. When the liver produces more bile acid, it helps the body eliminate more cholesterol and lower cholesterol levels.


Colestid is recommended for patients suffering from primary hypercholesterolemia, or those who have high cholesterol. It is best if Colestid is taken to complement an exercise program and a healthy diet consisting of low fat and low-cholesterol foods.


Colestid is taken orally with the usual dosage is 1-2 times a day. Patients should take Colestid with a large glass of water. In case the physician prescribes a dosage of more than 1 tablet, do not swallow both tablets at once. Instead, swallow them one after another and do not chew or crush the tablets.

The dosage for Colestid is usually based on the patient's medical condition. Physicians usually increase the dosage once the patient responds well to the interference. It usually takes from 2 weeks to several months before Colestid effectively lowers the cholesterol level in the body.

For best results, it is recommended that patients follow the prescribed dosage. It helps if patients take Colestid at the same time every day so they will not miss a dosage.

Patients should also take other medicaments an hour before or 4 hours after they have taken Colestid. They should never take 2 doses of Colestid to make up for a missed dosage.


One of the most common side effects of Colestid is constipation. It is advised that patients drink lots of water, at least 8 glasses each day, to prevent constipation.

Other side effects of Colestid include indigestion, pain in the abdomen, upset stomach, diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, irritation of the hemorrhoids, and vomiting. If any of these side effects continue or worsen, patients should immediately notify their physicians.

Some of the more unlikely but severe side effects include muscle aches, pain and stiffness in the joints, unexplained bruising or bleeding, cephalalgia, and loss of appetite.

It is very rare that users of Colestid suffer from serious allergic reactions. Patients may however experience skin edema, pruritus, rashes, difficulty in breathing, and dizziness, which indicate an allergic reaction to the medication.


Patients should inform their physicians of any allergy to Colestid or any other medication. They should also inform their physician if they have an intestinal obstruction.

A patient's medical history should be noted before prescribing Colestid. Swallowing problems, a history of major intestinal procedure, interference with thyroid medication, constipation problems, liver troubles, and certain bleeding troubles such as hypoprothrombinemia should be taken into account.

It has not been established if taking Colestid can be passed onto infants through breast milk.


Certain medicaments whether prescription or non-prescription, may also interfere with Colestid. Patients should inform their physician if they are taking other medicaments like propranolol, hydrochlorothiazide, chorothiazide, gefibrozil, digoxin, oral phosphate supplements, hydrocortisone, and tetracycline.

Colestid may interfere with the body's absorption of these medicaments if they are taken closely with the dosage of Colestid.

Colestid has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of colestid

 Molecular formula of colestid is C11H28ClN5O
 Chemical IUPAC Name is N'-(2-aminoethyl)-N-[2-(2-aminoethylamino)ethyl]ethane-1,2-diamine; 2-(chloromethyl)oxirane
 Molecular weight is 281.826 g/mol

Generic name: Colestipol

Brand name(s): Cholestabyl, Colestipolum, Flavored Colestid

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