Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Colestid


Colestipol is used to lower high cholesterol levels in the blood. This may help prevent medical problems caused by cholesterol clogging the blood vessels.

Colestipol works by attaching to certain substances in the intestine. Since colestipol is not absorbed into the body, these substances also pass out of the body without being absorbed.

Colestipol may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Colestipol is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, colestipol is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Diarrhea caused by bile acids
  • Digitalis glycoside overdose
  • Excess oxalate in the urine
  • Itching (pruritus) associated with partial biliary obstruction

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Powder for Suspension
  • Tablet