WelChol

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to taking WelChol, talk with your healthcare provider if you have:
 
  • High triglycerides
  • Stomach problems
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A history of bowel obstruction
  • A history of pancreatitis
  • A recent history of surgery on the gastrointestinal tract
  • Bleeding problems
  • An allergy to WelChol, any other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click WelChol Precautions and Warnings to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

Alternatives to WelChol for High Cholesterol

Lowering cholesterol levels should begin with lifestyle modifications. This includes a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats, limited alcohol use, weight loss, and exercise. If lifestyle changes alone do not lower triglyceride or cholesterol levels enough, medications such as WelChol may be necessary.
 
Cholesterol treatment is aimed at lowering LDL cholesterol levels enough to reduce the risk of 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 determine your cholesterol risk and find out what your LDL cholesterol level should be.)
 
For most people, WelChol is quite effective at lowering cholesterol. It is also well tolerated. But 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 WelChol Alternatives for more information.)
 
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