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 5  post gallbladder removal diarrhea none This was a godsend. So many close calls. Many times I'd need to use the bathroom after the first bite of food, or immediately following a meal. The non-stop diarrhea had affected my social and work life. Plus, I couldn't even think about dieting in any form because less food meant more diarrhea; and I was steadily gaining weight. Couldn't tolerate the powdered form and it has sugar substitutes. This is so much easier. F 61 1 years
1 mg 2X D
 5  Runny stool N/A I had a major bowel resection 22 years ago due to Crohn's Disease. After my colostomy was reversed, problems with runny stool persisted due to shortening of the bowel. After a year of panic about not being able to reach a bathroom in time, I finally asked my doctor if there was something I could take and he prescribed Colestid. While Colestid is a drug for cholesterol, the main side effect is causing constipation, and in my case, helps my bowels to function normally. No more urgent trips to the bathroom! It has definitely led to a better quality of life for me. F 43 19 years
30mg 1X D
 4  help control my diarrhea none ever since I had my gallbladder out I have had severe diarrhea after eating. this has helped me control this issue F 2 years

COLESTID  (COLESTIPOL HYDROCHLORIDE):  Colestipol is used along with a proper diet to lower cholesterol in the blood. Lowering cholesterol helps decrease the risk for strokes and heart attacks. In addition to a proper diet (such as a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet), other lifestyle changes that may help this medication work better include exercising, losing weight if overweight, and stopping smoking. Consult your doctor for more details. This medication is known as a bile acid-binding resin. It works by removing bile acid from the body. In people with high cholesterol, this causes the liver to make more bile acid by using cholesterol in the blood. This helps to lower the cholesterol levels.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)