Colestipol - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Colestipol helps lower your cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) levels in the blood.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Colestipol exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

If you are taking the modified-release type of tablet (usually labelled as “XL”, “ER”), swallow it whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.

If you are given the granules, you can mix it with any beverage (e.g. fruit juice, water, milk, or soft drink). Do not take the granules in its dry form.

Colestipol must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have pre-existing constipation and thyroid disease.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. He may also need to do routine blood tests before and during your treatment with Colestipol.
What side effects could I experience?
Colestipol may make you feel dizzy or light-headed. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: headache, constipation, stomach pain, stomach wind, indigestion, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience chest pain or fast heartbeat.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease e.g. propanolol, digoxin
- antibiotics e.g. tetracycline, penicillin
- diuretics or “water pills” e.g. hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide
- vitamins e.g. vitamins A, D, E, K

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Colestipol.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on colestipol - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2024 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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