Proper Use

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Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. .

Take this medicine (tablet or liquid form) with a meal. Drink some kind of liquid (e.g., water, milk, or juice) when you swallow the tablet. Follow the instructions for mixing the powder for oral suspension.

If you use this medicine for diabetes, carefully follow the special diet your doctor gave you. This is the most important part of controlling your diabetes and will help the medicine work properly. Also, exercise regularly and test for sugar in your blood or urine as directed.

If you use this medicine to lower blood cholesterol, your doctor may change your diet to one that is low in fat, sugar, and cholesterol. Carefully follow your doctor's order about any special diet and exercise regularly.

To use the powder for oral suspension:

  • Empty one packet into a glass or cup.
  • Add a half to 1 cup (4 to 8 ounces) of water, fruit juice, or a diet soft drink.
  • Stir well and drink it right away.

This medicine can be taken at the same time with a lipid-lowering medicine called "statins" or the two medicines can be dosed apart. If you need help deciding the best times to take your other medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you are taking vitamins, take them at least 4 hours before taking colesevelam.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (powder for suspension):
    • For high cholesterol:
      • Adults—One 3.75 gram-packet once a day or one 1.875 gram-packet two times a day.
      • Children and teenagers 10 to 17 years of age—One 3.75 gram-packet once a day or one 1.875 gram-packet two times a day.
      • Children younger than 10 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For type 2 diabetes:
      • Adults—One 3.75 gram-packet once a day or one 1.875 gram-packet two times a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For high cholesterol:
      • Adults—6 tablets each day. This may be taken as a single dose or 3 tablets two times a day.
      • Children—The oral suspension is recommended in this age group.
    • For type 2 diabetes:
      • Adults—6 tablets each day. This may be taken as one dose or 3 tablets two times a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.