Active Ingredient(s): Colesevelam
FDA Approved: * May 26, 2000
Pharm Company: * SANKYO
Category: Cholesterol

* This drug may consist of multiple approval dates, manufacturers, or distributors. If applicable, they would be listed below under "NDC Database Records".

WelChol Overview

Colesevelam is a bile acid sequestrant administered orally. It was developed by GelTex Pharmaceuticals and later acquired by Genzyme. It is marketed in the US by Daiichi Sankyo under the brand name Welchol and elsewhere by Genzyme as Cholestagel. In Canada it is marketed by Valeant as Lodalis. Contents 1 Clinical use 2 Constituents 3 Mechanism of action 3.1 Cholesterol 4 Side effects 5 Notes and references 6 External links Clinical use Colesevelam is indicated as an adjunct to die...

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Details May Include Instructions, Side Effects, Interactions, Etc. Drug monograph is from Wikipedia. All text is available under the terms of the GFDL (GNU Free Documentation License). Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colesevelam

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welchol for upset stomach

Since I had my gall bladder removed in April I had had stomach pain etc. After having a colonoscopy and in endoscopy the doc gave me welchol. He said it would solve my stomach problems. I can find no info for any indication other than high cholesterol. Has anyone heard of using welchol for stomach problems?????????? Pat ## rI too was givenwelchol after gall bl ## MedLinePlus has an article detailing the specific details on this medication. The active ingredient in Welchol, which is Colesevelam binds to bile acids, since those who have had their gall bladders removed may sometimes experience gastro-intestinal issues due to excess bile, it is sometimes prescribed to help alleviate such issues. Is it helping either of you?

WelChol excretion rate

How long does it take WelChol to get out of your system once you quit taking it after the last dose? ## I've been off welchol for nearly 6 months. My skin reacted very badly and after biopsies, I was diagnosed with a " drug rash/reaction. How long does it remain in the bloodstream after you stop taking it? ## Hello Ellie, Surprisingly WelChol does not have a listed half life on the National Institute of Health. This could mean a number of things but ultimately it means that there is no real way to give you an efficient answer. It will come down to how fast your body is able to metabolize the drug and really the only person who would be able to give you an educated guess would be your primary care doctor. This is my first time encountering a prescription drug that doesn't hav...


for high cholesterol ## Did you mean Welchol? Can you please double check the name? If so, it is most commonly used to treat high cholesterol. The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, runny nose, and joint/muscle aches.

any side effects of welchol

are there any negative effects of wechol ## is there sideafects with welchol 3.75g i am taking nexium xanax and cozar ## I take 6 Welchol daily and have terrible belching and fullness in the stomach. I also take zetia and diltiaz and metoprolol for high cholesterol. Total chol count is 221,HDL38,LDL121 and Tri 211. Had triple bypass in 2008. I am allergic to all statin drugs. Is there anything else to take in place of Welchol? ## All medications carry the risk of causing side effects. The FDA lists the typical ones for Welchol as possibly including nausea, joint/muscle aches, dizziness, and headaches. WoodyL, has your doctor ever had you try Fenofibrate? It can cause similar side effects, but it is not a statin class medication.


I am on Welchol and have nausea and stomach pain and discomfort, have pressure all the time, in and out of the bathroom with diarrhea. i have stopped taking it 2 days ago, still have the same problem. how long does it take to get out of your system? thanks ## Have you consulted your doctor? The symptoms you've described can all be normal side effects of this medication. However, if they are that severe, then you will probably need to switch to a different medication. ## Hey this is the second reference I have found that indicates side effects can persist past stopping the drug. (See Thread: Side Effects of WeCHol). Someone replied to the first thread by dismissing the possibility that the persistent side effects could be linked to a drug you are no longer taking. I'm want to kno...

Welchol, Fear of Side Affects

I have high cholesterol, along with panic disorder. Obviously I terrified of drugs. I was prescribed Welchol, and I'm staring at the thing like it's going to close up my throat. Anyone have some positive feedback that will help me take this? Thank you so very much. ## Hello, Melissa! How are you? I am very sensitive to medications myself, so I understand how you feel, I usually dread needing to take anything new. Regarding this one, as with any medication, it works great for some people and they experience no problems from it, while the opposite may be true for others. The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, and joint/muscle aches. Are you on any other medications?

welchol, upset stomach, diabetes

I was prescribed Welchol for type 2 diabetes. My fasting blood sugar went from the mid 200's to the low 100's. But it upset my stomach so badly I stopped taking it.I would really like to start taking it again because it is the only thing I have found that works for my diabetes. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do to prevent stomach upset? ## Hello, Radar! How are you? I'm sorry about the problem you experienced. Have you made sure to take it with a meal? The manufacturer suggests you do so, to help prevent the nausea. That means to take it, just as your eating, not before. The FDA lists its other typical side effects as possibly including dizziness, headache and joint/muscle aches. Have you informed your doctor? They may have other ideas to help prevent the nausea.

Side effects of WeLChol

Was given WelChol and started taking it last week. Many symptoms caused my Dr to stop it today. Still have many symptoms. How long doew it take to get out of the system? ## Hello, Roger! How are you feeling? Have things improved, yet? You weren't on it for very long, so things should likely improve after a week or so. What symptoms were you experiencing? The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, back pain, constipation, headache and muscle aches.

Welchol powder made my throat close could not breath Made my throat really itchy and then could not breath What a scary dat that was Still not

Re action Welchol powder. Throat came itchy and closed. Could not breath, what a scary day that was. What a awaking. I don't know what made me breath again. ## Did you seek medical attention? Did you make sure to mix it according to the instructions? Learn more WelChol details here. If you took it properly, then that could have been an allergic reaction and your doctor should be informed. ## I mixed it with a lot of water and lemonade(16oz), because it was so sweet the 1st 3 times I tried. Should have known then something was wrong. My throat was so itchy and kept coughing most of the day. Thought it was from the VOG in Hawaii. I had trouble taking the pills also, wanted to vomit and started to lose feeling in my right foot. Just didn't connect. ## I also had a bad reaction the ...

Foot/Muscle Pain

Does anyone know the possible MEDICAL cause of the pain. Is the colesevelam preventing the uptake or processing of some other nutrient that is causing these cramps? Does anyone know of any remedies that get at the CAUSE (ie, is it a vitamin or other lipid I am not absorbing correctly?). I know I can just take tylenol or something, but I don't want to be on those pain killers every day as they cause other problems as we all know. Welchol works to stop the intestinal issues (gall bladder removed). But the pain in my feet is debilitating. ## Actually, this medication has been known to cause general myalgia as a side effect, according to the FDA, along with headache, flatulence, constipation and abdominal pain. Thus, a pain reliever may be your only option. Have you consulted your docto...


Possible Dosages for this and Related Drugs:

  • Bar, Chewable: 3.75g, 3.75gm
  • Capsule: 375mg
  • For Suspension: 1.875gm/packet, 3.75gm/packet
  • Suspension: 1.875g, 3.75g
  • Tablet: 625mg
Note: Above list includes dosages for all drugs with the same combination of active ingredients.

NDC Database Records for WelChol: (12 results)

Sorted by National Drug Code
  • 21695-779 Welchol 3.75 g/1 Oral for Suspension by Rebel Distributors Corp
  • 21695-781 Welchol 625 mg Oral Tablet by Rebel Distributors Corp
  • 54868-4474 Welchol 625 mg Oral Tablet by Physicians Total Care, Inc.
  • 54868-6136 Welchol 3.75 g/1 Oral for Suspension by Physicians Total Care, Inc.
  • 65597-208 Welchol 3.75 g/1 Oral Bar, Chewable by Daiichi Sankyo Inc.
  • 65597-209 Welchol 3.75 g/1 Oral Bar, Chewable by Daiichi Sankyo Inc.
  • 65597-210 Welchol 3.75 g/1 Oral Bar, Chewable by Daiichi Sankyo Inc.
  • 65597-701 Welchol 625 mg Oral Tablet by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
  • 65597-902 Welchol 3.75 g/1 Oral for Suspension by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
  • 65597-903 Welchol 1.875 g/1 Oral for Suspension by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
  • 68151-4362 Welchol 625 mg Oral Tablet, Film Coated by Carilion Materials Management
  • 69189-7010 Welchol 625 mg Oral Tablet, Film Coated by Avera Mckennan Hospital

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