Colestipol is an ion exchange resin, a polymer that contains certain anions, which when administered orally it has the ability to form insoluble complexes with bile salts present in the intestine, which is eliminated in the faeces. Markedly lowers cholesterol levels plasma (15-30%), as well as LDL. It does not affect, and may even increase, the levels of triglycerides. The effects on HDL are minimal. Colestipol acts locally and is not absorbed, so it is almost completely eliminated in the faeces.

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Colestid is a medicine whose active ingredient, colestipol hydrochloride, belongs to a group of medicines called anion exchange resins, which bind to bile acids.

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What is Colestid (Cloestipol)?

Colestid is a medicine whose active ingredient, colestipol hydrochloride, belongs to a group of medicines called anion exchange resins, which bind to bile acids. It is used to reduce cholesterol levels (a type of fat) in the blood since by binding to bile acids in the intestine they prevent its absorption and as a consequence, the body produces more bile acids from cholesterol. Colestid is used to lower blood cholesterol when a low-fat diet and lifestyle changes alone have failed. During treatment, a standard low cholesterol diet should be followed.

How does it work?

Colestid tablets work by its main active ingredient, Cloestipol, binding to bile acids and preventing their reabsorption. In this way, the transformation of liver cholesterol into bile acids is promoted. Secondarily, lowering cholesterol increases the activity of hepatocyte LDL receptors, thereby increasing plasma LDL cholesterol clearance.

What are the benefits of taking it?

Colestipol is a medicine capable of lowering cholesterol levels but does not affect triglyceride levels in the blood. It works by removing a part of the bile acids produced in the liver. The benefits that Colestid tablets include an excellent treatment for Hypercholesterolemia (high blood cholesterol levels). In addition, Combined with niacin or lovastatin, it reduces the frequency of progression and increases the frequency of regression of coronary atherosclerotic lesions, in patients at risk of coronary artery disease.

How do I use it and its dosage?

Always use Colestid tablets exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. If in doubt, consult your doctor or pharmacist again. Your doctor will decide which dose of colestipol hydrochloride is the most advisable for you. You should not take more sachets of granules than specified by your doctor.


The usual dose for adults is 1 to 6 sachets of Colestid per day (5 to 30 g of colestipol hydrochloride per day), to be taken orally, once or in two doses, with several hours interval and always with meals. Treatment is normally started with 1 sachet (5 g) of colestipol hydrochloride 1 or 2 times a day. If the initial dose is well tolerated, your doctor may increase the dose, if necessary, by 5 g per day at intervals of 1-2 months. It is recommended that the dose be increased slowly to minimize the risk of gastrointestinal side effects.

To avoid accidental inhalation or esophageal discomfort, granules for oral suspension should never be taken in their dry form. The granules must be added to a minimum of 100 mL of liquid (for example, water, fruit juice, milk) and mix until obtaining a homogeneous suspension.

It is recommended that the time interval between Colestid administration and any other medication be as long as possible, at least 1 hour before or 4 hours after Colestid administration.

Be sure to follow your doctor's recommendations for how to take it and the proper dosage. Use in children and adolescents

The use of Colestid in children should be limited. However, if necessary, the indicated dose would be between 1 and 4 sachets a day. You should always follow your doctor's advice.

Side effects & precautions

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Side effects from these High Cholesterol tablets that may appear include:

Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):

  • Constipation, pain, or abdominal discomfort
  • Migraines, sinus headache, headache

Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):

  • Bloody stools, hemorrhoid bleeding, bloated belly, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence
  • Acne
  • Inflammation or pain in the joints, back pain, muscle pain, pain in the
  • Fatigue

Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):

  • Decreased appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Angina pectoris, rapid heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Stomach ulcer, hemorrhoids
  • Inflammation or stones in the gallbladder
  • Allergic reactions such as hives (rash with hives or hives), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin).
  • Chest pain, swelling in feet and hands, tiredness
  • Transient and small elevations in the levels of certain enzymes (alkaline phosphatase), liver enzymes (transaminases).

Buying Colestid online.

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