Healthcare providers often prescribe Colestid® (colestipol) to treat high total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. This drug binds to bile acids in the intestines, preventing them from being reabsorbed back into the body. It is available in both tablet and granule form, and is generally taken once or twice a day.
Prior to beginning treatment with this medicine, safety warnings and precautions should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. For example, possible side effects include constipation, intestinal gas, and vomiting. In addition, Colestid may reduce the absorption of some medications, and you may need to take those drugs one hour before or four to six hours after you take Colestid.
(To learn more about this medication, click Colestid. This detailed article discusses the factors that affect your dose, whether it is available in generic form, and what to do if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.)