Colestipol is a cholesterol-lowering drug.

Colestipol lowers “bad” cholesterol in the blood, which is also called LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. Lowering your LDL cholesterol may reduce your risk of hardened arteries, which can lead to heart attacks, stroke, and circulation problems.

Lowering high cholesterol levels is an important part of preventing heart disease and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

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  • Colestid, Colestid Flavored
  • Rare
    Black, tarry stools
    stomach pain (severe) with nausea and vomiting
    Severity: Moderate
    If any of the following side effects occur while taking colestipol, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

    More common
    Constipation
    Rare
    Loss of weight (sudden)
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with colestipol may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Less common
    Belching
    bloating
    diarrhea
    dizziness
    headache
    nausea or vomiting
    stomach pain
  • (oral granule for reconstitution, oral tablet)