Average Rating: 2.8 (57 Ratings)

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 1  Cholesterol Insane insomnia. After I figured it out with 2 types of sleeping pills that wouldn't help. It caused of being buried alive. All I could do was walk outside staring at stars to keep my insanitary. Be careful who you prescribe it to. My constipation was absolutely intolerable also but was the least of my worries. Go natural and never give up trying that way 48 0 weeks
2500 1X D
 5  IBS-D and gallbladder out 6 years ago None! Omg this is a life changer for me. I got my gallbladder out 6 years ago. I was diagnosed with IBS 20 years ago. For the past 2 years my IBS has gotten so bad. I've gone vegan 5 days a week and pescatarian 2 days a week. I exercise 2 to 3 days a week. Still if I eat over 500 calories at a meal I would have to RUN to the bathroom and could have up to 6 rounds of diarrhea over the next hour with painful cramping. I started not eating...not getting enough calories a day. Lost 10 pounds. Started feeling scared to eat because of the stomach ache. Stopped eating with friends. After the very first time I took 3 pills with a meal, I knew about 20 min into my meal there was no stomachache coming. It never came. Sometimes it comes the next day but it never came. True I've only been on it for a day but it's a life changer. I called the nurse today to see if I could take less than the 3 pills, twice a day. She said I could so today I just took 3 pills in the morning with my meal and I'm fine! I even ate cheese and chocolate. I'm going to see if I can get by with just 1 or 2 a day as they are huge horse pills. I don't have high cholesterol or diabetes. I don't take any other medicine. This is just for my chronic diarrhea of over 2 years. F 42 1 days
1875 2X D
 4  High cholesterol A lot of thigh problems and leg cramping, joints were stiff. Always with signs of cough. my eyesight was off sometimes. It did lower my cholesterol. But I would have to tolerate the stiffness in muscles and the cramping in legs.so I have been off it 2 weeks now. F 68 12 months
3.75 1X D
 5  IBS-D None I'm so thankful that my GI doctor put me on this medicine. It's been a lifesaver, I feel like I have my life. F 49 2 weeks
625 3X D
 3  IBD after gallbladder removal Aching muscles in arms, legs & neck. Ringing in my ears Works well for IBS but side effects are bad. M 63 3 days
X 4 tablet 2X D
 1  Mold toxicity Severe headaches, muscle pain, insomnia F 53 17 days
1X D
 5  Chronic diarrhea Some tinnitus but not worth stopping tablets I love these tablets F 72 30 days
625 mg/day
 2  High Cholesterol, statins allergy Very painful heartburn. I had my gall bladder removed a couple of years ago. I am allergic to statins so my cardiologist wanted to try me on Welchol powder. I get severe heartburn that even makes my throat and the back of my tongue feel like it is burned. Antacid meds don't help either. Ready to quit taking this! F 63 3 weeks
3.75 gm
 5  Diarrhea, Crohn's Works like magic. It also help with keeping cholesterol down F 71 8 years
1200 mg 3X D
 1  High Cholesterol Mild headache, gas, diarrhea, joint and muscle pain, severe sinus drainage, severe fatigue, loss of appetite. After only 8 days of using this medication, my quality of life has gone to ZERO. After only 8 daysI have discontinued it and hope to recover soon. I lost 5 pounds, can't sleep due to gagging and choking on the sinus drainage that continues non-stop day and night, have no energy and can only think about getting home to sleep, oh but I CAN'T. Based on ratings it seems this works well if you had your gall bladder removed, but I can't live like this for a marginal reduction of cholesterol if any. The only thing worse about the statin I used prior, is less leg pain. With Welchol everything hurts. M 57 8 days
3.75 MG 1X D
 2  Lower Cholesterol Constipation and painful gas. Even after passing gas I have pain in my intestines. If the side effects do not stop by end of next week I will stop taking. I am in work all day in a cubical and this is not easy to deal with! F 58 5 days
625mg 2X D
 2  Cholesterol Constipation and joint pain. Especially in legs and feet. Lowered cholesterol but had to stop because of join pain. F 52 1 years
625 mg
 3  Cholesterol Cramping, bloated feeling. Itchy anus, became very irritated. Seemed to help lower cholesterol, but may have elevated triglycerides. Expensive, grateful for good insurance. M 56 9 years
625mg * 6
 4  High ldl Slight muscle cramps in my lower legs. I had a couple of nightmares. My stools got harder, so I started eating prunes, which helped a little. I thought that I might become constipated, but stopped the med due to the cost. I had gotten terrible leg pains after taking lipitor for one week. I refused to take another prescription statin and instead took Red Yeast Rice. When my ldl started to go up, I asked my doctor for an alternative, which was Welchol. The drug store charged me less money for my 1 month supply. The next month they wanted to charge me about 3x as much. I could barely afford the original amount and definitely could not pay the higher fee. I got my insurance to agree on letting me get a half month supply. After seeing my doctor, 6 weeks later, she gave me 5 mgs of Crestor. After a month of that I quit due to multiple bad side effects. I am going to just keep working on improving my diet now. F 61 6 weeks
2500 mgs/d
 1  high LDL cholesterol I got headaches two nights in a row. Had severe pain all down my left leg and in the night after taking the third dose I had a bloody nose? I also noticed a small dark red bruise on the inside of my right elbow. I am going to try diet and acupuncture and Chinese medicine! F 71 3 days
3x. 675
 1  too much bile acid due to gall blad Vitamin deficiencies even with supplementation, brain fog, muscle pain and weakness, chronic fatigue, hair loss last 2 years, started to have eczema symptoms. Did not help cholesterol. Worked for bile acids, eliminated diarrhea F 50 4 years
 4  high cholesterol None Beats statins for borderline issues. M 60 15 days
3750 1X D
 5  High Cholesterol None! I love this drug. I mix it with lime perrier at dinner and it tastes good. It gives me a slight boost of energy for a few hours afterwards. No GI problems with it. Love it!! M 70 2 months
3.75 g 1X D
 3  high cholesterol poor sleep and heartburn to the point that I had to eliminate the evening dose. mild to moderate leg and foot cramps. I am a 65 y/o MD. Can't tolerate statins at all. Am an active runner and biker. Had to stop both these activities when on Statins (severe side effects). No major side effects with Welchol but cholesterol is still above 200 on it even when I was taking the full 6 pills a day. Not as effective for me at least, as statins. M 65 1 years
1.8 G 1X D
 3  High cholesterol,High Triglycerides I have constipation,concrete like stools. Bleed like a sieve when I go. I have ALOT of muscle cramps in my legs. The cramps start in the thigh,then go down to my foot. When that lets go,it will start in the other leg. The next day,my legs are very sore and my gait is unbalanced. I don't tolerate statins, the leg cramps are similar to Welchol. I take 1,875 Mg in the morning,and the same at night. F 49 1 years
1875 MG 2X D

WELCHOL  (COLESEVELAM HYDROCHLORIDE):  This medication is used along with a proper diet and exercise to lower cholesterol in people with high levels of cholesterol in the blood. Lowering cholesterol decreases the risk of heart disease and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks. Colesevelam is also used along with a proper diet and exercise to lower high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Colesevelam belongs to a class of drugs called bile acid-binding resins. Bile acid is a natural substance the liver makes by using cholesterol. This medication works by removing bile acid from the body. This causes the liver to make more bile acid by using cholesterol, which reduces cholesterol levels in the blood. It is not known how colesevelam works in lowering blood sugar.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)