Welchol (Oral)

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Welchol (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Welchol (Oral)

Welchol (Oral) Medication Classification


Welchol (Oral) Brandname


Welchol (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Colesevelam (koh-le-SEV-e-lam) Lowers cholesterol levels in the blood in combination with a diet and exercise program. May be used with other medicines.

When To Not Use Welchol (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to colesevelam or if you have a bowel obstruction.

How Should You Use Welchol (Oral)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Take this medicine with a meal. Drink some kind of liquid (water, milk, juice) when you swallow the tablet.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Use your medicine as soon as possible unless it is almost time for your next dose.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
  • Do not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Welchol (Oral) Storage

Store Welchol (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Welchol (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Welchol (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using verapamil (Calan SR®).

Welchol (Oral) Warnings

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have trouble swallowing, if you have ongoing problems with constipation or digestion, or if you have a history of vitamin deficiency or poor nutrition. Also tell your doctor if you have had surgery on your digestive system (stomach or intestines).
  • Your doctor may want to measure the cholesterol levels in your blood on a regular basis to make sure this medicine is working properly. Be sure to keep all of your appointments.
  • Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are important in lowering your cholesterol level and keeping it low. This medicine will help to control your cholesterol levels, but it does not replace good eating habits and regular exercise.

Welchol (Oral) Side Effects

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Constipation
  • Muscle pain
  • Tiredness
  • Upset stomach

Welchol (Oral) Ratings

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Welchol (Oral)

Effectiveness: ****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *****


Pamela`, Texas - 12/07/2010

Being a Type II Diabetic, I was worried about what my options would be. Luckily, I found out about WelChol. Unlike all the other drugs I have taken, this drug has not caused any serious side effects. Considering how painful the side effects were in the past, you have no idea how beneficial this is for me. The only side effect I have had to deal with is constipation, but that's not so bad, and I have bought stool softener to combat the problem. So far, that approach has worked.

Welchol (Oral)

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *****


CERI MORGAN, NC - 04/05/2008

Since I started taking WelChol, I have not had to deal with any muscle aches and pains. This has made a big difference in my life as well as my lifestyle. I know feel as though I can go outside and be active again. The only downside is having to take the medication six times per day, but if someone is going to offer me a magic pill without side effects, I'm going to take it six times per day. I think that's a fair trade off.