BILE ACID BINDING AGENT
Welchol is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower blood serum cholesterol. Welchol may be prescribed off-label in cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to treat diarrhea when other medications have failed. Welchol is also known by its drug name, Colesevelam.
Welchol is a bile acid binding agent. It is believed that Welchol works in cases of IBS by reducing the amount of bile acids in the intestines, thus reducing diarrhea.
How do I take it?
Welchol is taken once or twice daily.
Welchol comes in tablet and oral suspension forms.
The FDA-approved label for Welchol lists common side effects including nausea, upset stomach, and constipation.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Welchol include fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies, pancreatitis, fecal impaction, and bowel obstruction.
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Welchol – Daiichi Sankyo
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