Colestid is a prescription drug licensed to treat high total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. The medication binds to bile acids in the intestines, preventing them from being reabsorbed back into the body. Colestid is available in either tablet or granule form, and is generally taken once or twice a day. Potential side effects include constipation, intestinal gas, and vomiting.
What Is Colestid?
Colestid® (colestipol) is a prescription medication that is used to lower cholesterol in the body, including total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol). Lowering the amount of cholesterol may help to prevent conditions such as heart disease, angina (chest pain), stroke, or heart attack. This medication should be used in combination with diet and exercise for the best effects.
This medication is part of a class of drugs known as bile acid sequestrants. It works by binding to bile acids in the intestines, preventing them from being reabsorbed back into the body. Bile acids are made in the liver from broken-down cholesterol. Therefore, removing these substances from your body helps to lower your blood cholesterol. Colestid can lower both total and LDL cholesterol levels.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Colestid [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer, Inc.;2006 June.
Colestid Granules and Flavored Colestid [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer, Inc.;2006 June.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: Approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/.
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