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Can you tell me how large are welchol (colesevelam) tablets for cholesterol ?

Caplets: They are caplets (shaped like a capsule) - about the same size as most other copsules - maybe 3/4". Easy to swallow ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Colesevelam (Definition)

Colesevelam is a bile acid reducer which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more


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Can you guys tell me how big are welchol (colesevelam) tablets for cholesterol ?

Powder: This medication comes in powder form that you can mix it with water. If you cannot take the tab use the suspension. ...Read more

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I am 44 years and my ldl was a lil elevated.I was kept on welchol (colesevelam) by my dr for 4 months and then stopped. Can i take Coq10...will it help me..thanks?

I am 44 years and my ldl was a lil elevated.I was kept on welchol (colesevelam) by my dr for 4 months and then stopped. Can i take Coq10...will it help me..thanks?

Adjunct only: Don't expect any benefit from Coenzyme Q. It's a minor miracle for a few forms of heart disease, but not common cholesterol problems. I'd consider getting another opinion about how to manage your cholesterol. It's primarily genetic, and staying physically fit is your first line of management. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My husband had blood work done. His DR told him his MSH level is low. What does this mean? He was given Welchol (colesevelam) to take. We don't really understand!

My husband had blood work done. His DR told him his MSH level is low. What does this mean? He was given Welchol (colesevelam) to take. We don't really understand!

Neither do I.: I have researched this myself & also don't know what an MSH level is. Perhaps there was a miscommunication. Welchol (colesevelam) is one of a class of medications used to treat elevated cholesterol which is a risk factor for coronary artery and peripheral artery disease. Contact your doctor for clarification. ...Read more

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Do you recomend Zetia (ezetimibe) for reducing cholesterol, or you prefer welchol?

Do you recomend Zetia (ezetimibe) for reducing cholesterol, or you prefer welchol?

Neither: While both drugs lower cholesterol (which is a surrogate end point for preventing heart disease), neither drug has been shown to actually prevent heart disease. Statins (like crestor, lipitor, (atorvastatin) and zocor) have, by far, the best proven track record for secondary and primary prevention of heart disease. For people with side effects, very tiny doses are usually well tolerated and probably effective. ...Read more

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My daughter is taking welchol (colesevelam) for a gastro condition. It makes her hypoglycemia worse. What else could she take ?

My daughter is taking welchol (colesevelam) for a gastro condition. It makes her hypoglycemia  worse.  What else could she take ?

Other medicine: Try qeustron light. Caution-- serious side effect-- constipation. This is prescription only medicine. Ask your GI specialist before you try this. ...Read more

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I am taking welchol (colesevelam) after a cholec, 1/7/14, which left me with post-prandial diarrhea. Med helps but still have it off &son. Anything else I can take?

I am taking welchol (colesevelam) after a cholec, 1/7/14, which left me with post-prandial diarrhea. Med helps but still have it off &son. Anything else I can take?

Statin+Zetia better: Most people become constipated with 6 Welchol/day. Imodium (loperamide) promotes diarrhea, thus ? dose/use. Welchol. 6/day. is approved for reducing LDL-C, but actual issue is LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) particle concentrations. LDL-C not measured from persons blood & of the 3, 000-6, 000 typical fat molecules per LDL particle, widely varying amounts are cholesterol, thus a poor indicator. ...Read more

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My total cholesterol came to 224.My dr had prescribed me Welchol (colesevelam) for 4 months.Any lifestyle change, diet and exercise that will rduce cholesterol.Thx.

My total cholesterol came to 224.My dr had prescribed me Welchol (colesevelam) for 4 months.Any lifestyle change, diet and exercise that will rduce cholesterol.Thx.

Bad information: Hi. Total cholesterol is a virtually worthless test. What matters in atherosclerosis risk assessment are triglycerides, HDL, LDL, and non-HDL. Treatment decisions should never be based on total cholesterol. LDL is pretty much genetically determined. If it's high, medication is warranted (primarily a statin, but colesevelam is also good). Triglyceride is very diet and exercise responsive. Good luck ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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Welchol (Definition)

Welchol is a bile acid reducer which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more