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Colestid®
(micronized colestipol hydrochloride) Tablets

DRUG DESCRIPTION

The active ingredient in COLESTID Tablets is micronized colestipol hydrochloride, which is a lipid lowering agent for oral use. Colestipol is an insoluble, high molecular weight basic anion-exchange copolymer of diethylenetriamine and 1-chloro-2, 3-epoxypropane, with approximately 1 out of 5 amine nitrogens protonated (chloride form). It is a light yellow water-insoluble resin which is hygroscopic and swells when suspended in water or aqueous fluids.

Each COLESTID Tablet contains one gram of micronized colestipol hydrochloride. COLESTID (colestipol) Tablets are light yellow in color and are tasteless and odorless. Inactive ingredients: cellulose acetate phthalate, glyceryl triacetate, carnauba wax, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, povidone, silicon dioxide. COLESTID (colestipol) Tablets contain no calories.

What are the possible side effects of colestipol (Colestid, Colestid Flavored)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • trouble swallowing;
  • severe constipation or stomach pain;
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools; or
  • easy bruising or bleeding, muscle or joint pain, loss of appetite.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild or occasional constipation;
  • gas, indigestion,...

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What are the precautions when taking colestipol (Colestid)?

Before taking colestipol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: swallowing problems, constipation, hemorrhoids, kidney disease.

Because this drug can interfere with the absorption of certain nutrients (such as folic acid, fat-soluble vitamins including A, D, E, K), your doctor may direct you to take a multivitamin supplement. Consult your doctor for more information.

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Last reviewed on RxList: 4/9/2009
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.