Welchol is used for the treatment of high cholesterol levels in the blood. It is suggested that this medication be used along with exercise and a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet. Reducing your cholesterol can help prevent strokes and heart attacks.
When the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, a blood fat, in your bloodstream become too high, your likelihood of developing cholesterol-containing fatty deposits (plaques) in your blood vessels increases. Over time, plaques cause your arteries to narrow, which impedes blood flow and creates a condition called atherosclerosis. Narrowing of the arteries that supply your heart with blood (coronary artery disease) can prevent your heart from getting as much oxygen-rich blood as it needs. This means an increased risk of a heart attack. Likewise, decreased blood flow to your brain can cause a stroke. Less blood flowing to your lower limbs may result in exercise-related pain or even gangrene.
Before using Welchol tell your doctor if you
- have bleeding problems
- have constipation
- have difficulty swallowing
- have gall bladder disease
- have hemorrhoids
- have had a recent surgery
- have stomach problems
- have an unusual or allergic reaction to Welchol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- have blocked intestines
- are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding
Welchol Side Effects
Severe: Allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); chest pain; nausea; rash.
Common: Constipation; indigestion; muscle aches; sore throat; weakness.
This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medication. If you have any questions about Welchol, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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