Colesevelam Hydrochloride

Brand Name: Welchol
Active Ingredient: colesevelam hydrochloride
Strength(s): 375 mg capsules and 625 mg tablets
Dosage Form(s): Capsule and Tablet
Company Name: GelTex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Availability: Prescription only
*Dated Approved by FDA: May 26, 2000
*Approval by FDA does not mean that the drug is available for consumers at this time.

What is Welchol used for?

Welchol is used alone or with another drug to lower high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in the blood when response to diet and non-drug therapy is inadequate. Diet and exercise are very important factors to help control cholesterol.

Who should not take Welchol?

Do not take Welchol if you have a blockage of your intestinal tract

What does my doctor or health care provider need to know?

Tell your doctor or health care provider if you have:

* difficulty in swallowing, severe intestinal problems, or have had major abdominal surgery
* fat soluble vitamin deficiencies
* high triglyceride levels (> 300mg/dL)

What are some possible side effects of Welchol? (This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Welchol. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)

* Indigestion
* Constipation
* Gas

For more detailed information about Welchol, ask your health care provider.