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(Known as Cholestagel in the UK)
What is the purpose of welchol?
Welchol (Colesevelam) (Cholestagel in the UK)
Welchol tablets belong to the group of medicines called bile acid-binding resins. Liver forms bile acid by using cholesterol. Welchol is a lipid-lowering and glucose lowering agent. Thus, Welchol medication is used to treat patients with high cholesterol and high glucose levels in their blood. Strokes and heart attacks can be prevented by lowering cholesterol levels. Meanwhile, by lowering glucose levels, kidney problems, blindness, nerve problems, sexual function problems, and loss of limb functions can be prevented. Welchol causes the liver to synthesize more bile acid by utilizing cholesterol, which results in a decrease in cholesterol levels in the blood.
Welchol can be easily purchased from Canada Pharmacy on the prescription of your doctor.
Active ingredient: Colesevelam 625 mg
Welchol’s dosage must be strictly followed as prescribed by the doctor without altering the dose in any way. The medicine should be taken with a meal and a glass full of water or any other liquid of your choice. The tablet should be swallowed whole. Those who have trouble swallowing a tablet, Welchol is also available in powder form. Mix 1 packet mixed in 4 to 8 ounces of fluid and drink right away.
Make sure that Welchol 625 mg medication is safe for you. Before starting the drug, tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- Very high levels of triglycerides
- History of bowel obstruction
- History of pancreatitis especially caused by high levels of triglycerides
- Trouble in swallowing
- Any stomach or digestive disorder
- Any intestinal disorder
- Any history of major gastric or intestinal surgery
- Any vitamin A, D, E, or K deficiency
The medicine should not be given to children under 10 years of age and to girls whose menstrual cycle has not started.
Consult your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects are experienced:
- Dyspepsia, heartburn
- Nausea, vomiting
- Flatulence, bloating, belching
- Abdominal pain
- Bowel obstruction
- Fecal impaction
- Exacerbation of hemorrhoids
- Hypoglycemia (severe fall in glucose levels)
- Increased triglyceride levels
- Heart problems
- Respiratory tract infections
- Back pain
- Myalgia, lack or loss of strength
- Feeling weak or tired
- Runny nose, sore throat, flu-like symptoms
Product Code: 2594
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.