Colestid Side Effects
Some patients may develop side effects or complications while using Colestid. Side effects may include diarrhea or loose stools, stomach discomfort or pain, nausea or vomiting, and constipation. If you experience unexplained bleeding, severe stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, or difficulty swallowing, contact your healthcare provider immediately. However, most side effects of Colestid are minor and require no treatment.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Colestid® (colestipol). However, not everyone who takes the cholesterol medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, they are usually minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Colestid. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Colestid side effects with you.)
Colestid has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to those that occurred in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. Based on these studies, the most common Colestid side effect was constipation.
Other less common side effects may include but are not limited to:
Serious Colestid Side Effects
Some Colestid side effects should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
- Severe stomach pain with nausea or vomiting
- Bloody or black, tarry stools
- Unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
- Difficulty swallowing
- Unexplained bleeding.