Welchol (Colesevelam )
Drug name: Welchol
Generic name: Colesevelam Hcl
Use: Lowering cholesterol and controlling blood sugar in type 2 diabetes
Welchol is a medication with multiple purposes; this medication can be prescribed to individuals with high cholesterol and to those who have type 2 diabetes. To reduce cholesterol this medication works best when used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise. It works with bile acids in the body to decrease cholesterol levels in the blood. How it works to treat type 2 diabetes remains a mystery. It is available in 625 mg tablets.
Welchol Side effects
While taking Welchol you may experience adverse reaction, commons side effects include:
• Sore throat
• Stomach discomfort
If you experience an allergic reaction seek immediate medication attention, signs of an allergic reaction are:
• Rash, hives
• Severe dizziness or headache
• Severe stomach discomfort
• Swelling on the face
• Tightness in chest
• Troubles breathing
If you experience side effects other than listed or if what you are experience becomes persistent seek medical attention.
Safety in Pregnancy and Children
Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant before taking any medications. Your doctor will need to discuss and benefits and risks of taking Welchol during pregnancy as there isn’t enough data or evidence that it is harmful to the fetus. It is also not known if Welchol passes through breast milk, your doctor will have to advise you on your unique condition. Safety for children has not been established.
“My doctor put me on Welchol because my body couldn’t handle statins. So far I have low numbers and they’re stayed down since I began with the treatment. I have not had any problems or severe side effects from taking this medication. Overall this medication has helped me tremendously.” – Taylor M, Los Angeles
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