What is Colestipol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Colestipol Suspension Colestid Flavored

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Colestipol is a cholesterol-lowering drug. It is used as an adjunct in the management of primary hypercholesterolemia; regression of arteriolosclerosis; relief of pruritus associated with elevated levels of bile acids; and possibly to decrease plasma half-life of digoxin in cases of toxicity.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diarrhea 14 12
Irritable bowel syndrome 6 4
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 5 9
Bowel problems 1 3
Gastritis 1 0
General health 1 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
Severe 3
Moderate 0
Mild 3
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Colestipol

Side effect Patients
Clotting slowed 1
Constipation 1
Gagging (throat spasm) 1
Indigestion 1
Skin tears 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Colestipol

Dosage Patients
1 g twice daily 4
1 g daily 2
2 g twice daily 1
5 g daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Colestipol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
Doctor's advice 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 6 patients who've stopped taking Colestipol

Duration

Currently taking Colestipol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3

Stopped taking Colestipol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 5
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 11
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 8
Not specified 6

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Colestipol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Colesevelam (Welchol) 1
Diphenoxylate and Atropine (Lomotil) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Colestipol

Oct 15, 2012 (Started Apr 05, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 g/7.5 g Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 1, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Aug 20, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jun 14, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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