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Welchol (Colesevelam) is also know by the generic name Colesevelam and can be prescribed to help lower blood sugar and cholesterol in people who suffer from type 2 diabetes. Colesevelam is known as a bile-acid sequestrant and removes bile acid from the body forcing the liver to make more bile acid with your bodies cholesterol, therefore, reducing cholesterol levels in your blood stream.
Welchol is take orally with food and a glass of water once or twice a day. A life style change to include a healthy diet and exercise can improve the effects of Welchol and help you better control the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
Colesevelam can effect how other medications are absorbed into the body. Speak with your doctor about any current medication, birth control, or supplements you are taking before starting a treatment with Welchol.
Colesevelam can cause allergic reactions in some people. Share with your doctor any known allergies to prevent any unwanted interactions while taking Welchol.
Explain and prior medical conditions with your doctor especially if they relate to pancreatitis, high triglyceride levels, trouble swallowing, stomach disorders, or any recent intestinal surgery to ensure a safe and effective treatment with Welchol. Disclose any medication and supplementation to ensure a safe and effective treatment with Welchol.
Some side effects can include:
constipation, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, gas, indigestion, feeling weak or tired, headache, muscle pain, runny nose, sore throat, flu symptoms
Some serious side effects can also include:
trouble swallowing, unusual bleeding or bruising.
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help managing any side effects that become too severe during your treatment with Welchol. If you experience any serious side effects contact your doctor for additional medical treatment.
Q: Can I take this medication while pregnant?
A: You should consult your doctor to discuss the risk involved with taking Welchol while pregnant. There is not enough medical to data to know if the medication can pass into the breast milk of a nursing mother. It is recommended to consult with your doctor before using this medication while breast feeding.
Q: How should I store this medication?
A: This should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Never dispose this medication in wastewater. If you are unsure of how to safely dispose unwanted or expired medications speak with your local pharmacist for disposal options.
Q: What if I miss a dose?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If your missed does is close to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the scheduled dose to avoid double dosing
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