As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Colestid. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Most people do not need to stop taking the medicine because of side effects.
The most common side effects include:
- Stomach discomfort or pain
- Intestinal gas (bloating or gas)
- Diarrhea or loose stool
(Click Colestid Side Effects to learn more, including possibly serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
Several medications may interact with Colestid (see Colestid Drug Interactions).
Prior to taking Colestid, talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
- Stomach problems
- Gallbladder disease or gallstones
- Heart disease
- Difficulty swallowing
- Biliary obstruction
- Thyroid problems
- Recent surgery
- Bleeding problems
- An allergy to Colestid or to any other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
It is also important to let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
- A frequent user of alcoholic beverages.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you may currently be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Colestid Precautions and Warnings to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)