Colestid (Colestipol)


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Colestid (Colestipol) is used in combination with a proper diet to lower cholesterol levels in the blood, which can help decrease the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Follow a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet, engage in regular exercise, lose weight if overweight, and stop smoking to maximize the effectiveness of Colestid.

Colestid is classified as a bile acid-binding resin, which means it works by removing bile acid from the body.

In individuals with high cholesterol, the removal of bile acid stimulates the liver to produce more bile acid using cholesterol from the blood. This process helps to lower cholesterol levels.


  • Take Colestid exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider, usually 1-2 times a day.
  • Mix the medication with at least 3 ounces of liquid (water, juice, milk, etc.) before swallowing. Don't take it dry.
  • Stir the mixture well and drink it immediately. Rinse the glass with more liquid to ensure you take the entire dose.
  • You can also mix Colestid with watery soups, applesauce, or pulpy fruits.
  • Take your other medications at least 1 hour before or 4-6 hours after Colestid to avoid absorption issues.
  • Take Colestid regularly, even if you feel well.
  • Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions.


  • Don't take Colestid in its dry powder form.
  • Don't take Colestid with carbonated beverages (it may foam excessively).
  • Don't take your other medications too close to Colestid without consulting your healthcare provider.
  • Don't stop taking Colestid without talking to your healthcare provider first.

Common side effects may include:

  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Gas (flatulence)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Serious side effects include:

  • Ulcers
  • Reduced absorption of nutrients
  • Fatty stools and stomach or intestinal bleeding
  • Fecal impaction
  • Esophageal obstruction
  • Gallbladder inflammation
  • Gallstones

This is not an exhaustive list, and other side effects may occur. If you experience any unusual or severe side effects while taking Colestid,  contact your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Tell your healthcare provider about any allergies you have, especially to Colestid itself or any of its inactive ingredients.

Disclose your medical history to your healthcare provider, particularly if you have constipation, hemorrhoids, or kidney disease.

Avoid flavored Colestipol granules containing aspartame if you have Phenylketonuria (PKU) or need to restrict aspartame intake.

Colestid may affect your body's ability to absorb certain vitamins and nutrients. Your healthcare provider may recommend taking a multivitamin supplement.

Inform your healthcare provider about all medications (prescription, non-prescription, and herbal) before any surgery or dental procedure.

Be aware that constipation is a more common side effect in older adults taking Colestid.

Colestid should only be used during pregnancy if absolutely necessary due to the potential impact on nutrient absorption. Discuss risks and benefits with your healthcare provider.

While unlikely to pass into breast milk, Colestid may still affect nutrient absorption. Consult your healthcare provider before breastfeeding.

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Strength(s): 1g
Quantities Available: 120, 240


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