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Marketed as Cholestagel in European Union
Manufactured by Genzyme Therapeutics Ltd
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General Information On Welchol
Welchol is used to treat high cholesterol. It is a part of treatment which also focuses on proper diet and exercise to lower the levels of cholesterol in the blood. The generic name of Welchol is Colesevelam Hydrochloride. It belongs to a group of drugs known as bile acid sequestrants. The liver produces bile acid by using cholesterol. Colesevelam Hydrochloride works to remove this bile acid from body. In this way, the liver uses more cholesterol to produce bile acid which leads to the lowering of blood cholesterol. Welchol is also used to lower high blood sugar in patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes. The medication is available in two forms: a tablet and oral suspension. You may buy Welchol to lower the risk of heart attacks, strokes, or prevent heart disease if you have high levels of blood cholesterol. However, to avoid the risk of unwanted side effects, you should consult your doctor before you buy Welchol.
Side Effects for Welchol
Welchol may cause side effects in some people, such as weakness, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pain, accidental injury, or flu.
Welchol may also cause serious side effects in rare cases. You should immediately stop taking the medication and consult your doctor if you experience serious side effects such as high blood pressure, severe stomach pain associated with vomiting or nausea, bloody stools, high triglycerides, and unexplained weakness/tenderness/muscle pain.
Welchol may not be the right medication to treat your condition if you have certain medical conditions or diseases. You should tell your doctor about your medical history of bowel obstruction or pancreatitis before starting the treatment. Also inform him/her if you have stomach problems, bleeding problems, difficulty swallowing, or if you have any allergies to foods, preservatives or dyes. Patients who have recently undergone surgery of the gastrointestinal tract should inform their doctor about it. Pregnant women or women who are trying to become pregnant or are breastfeeding should buy Welchol only after discussing the risks and benefits of the drug with their doctor.
The dosage of Welchol depends on several factors such as the medical condition of the patient and other medications he/she may be taking. The recommended dosage of Welchol is 6 tablets a day with meals and liquids or 3 tablets twice a day with meals and liquids. The oral form of Welchol is supplied in a powdered form, which needs to be mixed with a liquid. Each packet of Welchol oral suspension contains one dose. The recommended dosage of Welchol oral suspension is one packet a day with meals and liquids.
Welchol may interact with other medicines and cause mild to severe side effects. The drug may react with medicines such as Cyclosporine, Glyburide, Levothyroxine, Phenytoin, Warfarin, oral contraceptives, and certain vitamins. You should tell your doctor about every drug you are taking, which includes prescription medicines, over the counter drugs, and herbal supplements. Providing this information before starting the treatment will reduce the risk of side effects.