What is Colesevelam?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Welchol Cholestagel

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Colesevelam is used with exercise and diet changes to reduce the amount of cholesterol and certain fatty substances in your blood. It works by binding bile acids in your intestines. It may be used alone or in combination with statins.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bowel urgency 10 5
Irritable bowel syndrome 9 2
Diarrhea 4 2
Bile acid malabsorption syndrome 3 3
Diabetes type 2 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 4
Mild 2
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Colesevelam

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 2
Chronic constipation 1
Cold sores (fever blisters) 1
Diarrhea 1
Flatulence 1
Muscle cramps 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Colesevelam

Dosage Patients Percentage
625 mg daily 1
1250 mg twice daily 1
1875 mg twice daily 1
1250 mg four times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Colesevelam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 3
Did not seem to work 2
Expense 2
Other 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently taking Colesevelam

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Colesevelam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 17
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 14

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Colesevelam after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Cholestyramine (Questran) 2
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
Lisinopril (Zestril) 1
Naproxen (Naproxen Prescription) 1

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Patients stopped taking Colesevelam and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Colestipol (Colestipol Suspension) 2
Cholestyramine (Questran) 1
ezetimibe (Zetia) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Colesevelam.