Colestid Precautions and Warnings

There are several Colestid precautions and warnings to be aware of before starting treatment, including potential side effects associated with the drug and who should not take the medicine. It has been shown to cause constipation, as well as an increase in triglycerides, in some patients. Colestid precautions and warnings also extend to people who are allergic to inactive components of the drug.

Colestid: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to taking Colestid® (colestipol), you should notify your healthcare provider if you have:
 
  • Stomach problems
  • Gallbladder disease or gallstones
  • Heart disease
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Constipation
  • Biliary obstruction
  • Phenylketonuria
  • 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
  • Breastfeeding
  • A frequent user of alcoholic beverages.
     
Tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may currently be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Colestid Precautions and Warnings

Some precautions and warnings to be aware while taking Colestid include the following:
 
  • Colestid can interact with certain medications (see Colestid Drug Interactions).
     
  • Colestid can cause constipation. It is important to let your healthcare provider know if you have any kind of stomach problem, because Colestid could make your condition worse. You should also drink plenty of water, increase the amount of fiber in your diet, and exercise to help prevent constipation.
     
  • Colestid may cause a slight increase in triglycerides. However, it has not been well studied in patients with triglyceride levels greater than 300 mg/dL. If you have high triglycerides and are taking Colestid, your healthcare provider may choose to monitor your progress more closely.
     
  • Colestid has been shown to cause a decrease in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and folic acid in animal studies. Therefore, Colestid should be used with caution in people with vitamin deficiencies.
     
  • The effects of Colestid during pregnancy are not known. If you are pregnant, you should only take Colestid if you and your healthcare provider believe that the benefit outweighs the possible risk to your unborn child. If you become pregnant while taking Colestid, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
     
  • Since Colestid is not absorbed into the body, it is likely that it will not pass through your milk if you are nursing. However, it can affect the absorption of certain types of vitamins. Therefore, you should let your healthcare provider know if you are planning on breastfeeding. Together, you can decide what makes most sense for your particular situation.
     
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