Lowering cholesterol typically begins with lifestyle modifications. This includes a diet that is low in cholesterol (see Low Cholesterol Diet) and saturated fats, limited alcohol use, weight loss, and exercise. If lifestyle changes alone do not lower cholesterol to a desirable level, certain medications, such as Colestid, may be necessary.
In general, cholesterol treatment is aimed at lowering LDL cholesterol levels enough to reduce the risk of developing complications associated with high cholesterol (see Effects of High Cholesterol). If you are at a higher risk, you will have a lower LDL goal.
(Click High Cholesterol Risk to see a list of risk factors that may affect your cholesterol level and a general guideline of ideal LDL cholesterol levels.)
For most people, Colestid is quite effective in lowering cholesterol. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur, and people may wish to consider a substitute. These substitutes could include other bile acid sequestrants, statins, or other cholesterol medicines.
(Click Colestid Alternatives to learn more.)
Since Colestid does not get absorbed into the body, there is little risk for toxic effects. However, if you happen to overdose, you should still seek medical attention.
Colestid should be stored at room temperature in a tightly closed container. It should be protected from light and moisture.
Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.