Some general considerations for when and how to take Colestid include the following:
- The medication is taken once or twice a day, depending on your healthcare provider's recommendation.
- Colestid should be used in combination with lifestyle modifications. This includes a healthy diet that is low in cholesterol and saturated fats, limited alcohol use, weight loss, and exercise.
- Your dosage should be taken with a meal and plenty of water to avoid constipation.
- Colestid comes in either tablets or granules. The tablets are large pills, so be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have had swallowing or choking problems in the past.
- Do not break, chew, or crush the tablets.
- The granules should never be taken in their dry form. Make sure to follow the preparation directions on the prescription. Colestid may be mixed with water, non-carbonated beverages, liquid soup, applesauce, or crushed pineapple.
- The medication should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain an even level in the blood. Do not take it more often than directed.
- Colestid may reduce the absorption of some medications. If you are taking another medication, you may need to take it one hour before or four to six hours after you take Colestid. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can let you know which medications need to be taken separately.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Colestid will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of Colestid your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The form (tablets versus granules)
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As with any drug, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Colestid Dosage for more information.)