Regular Colestid uses can help reduce high LDL and total cholesterol levels. The medicine is designed to lower cholesterol levels enough to reduce the risk of developing complications associated with high cholesterol, such as hardening of the arteries, chest pain, and stroke. Colestid has not been approved for use in children, and there are currently no off-label Colestid uses.
Colestid® (colestipol) is a medication that has been licensed to treat high LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and high total cholesterol levels in the blood.
High levels of cholesterol in the blood can accumulate on the walls of arteries (a condition known as atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries), leading to decreased blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart, brain, and other areas of the body. This can greatly increase a person's risk for developing conditions such as:
Colestid should be used in combination with a low cholesterol diet and exercise for optimum benefit. It also can be used alone or in combination with an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor (known more commonly as statins) to lower cholesterol.
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.)