Colestipol is a cholesterol lowering substance that can be described as a bile acid sequestrant. Colestipol is combined together with a low cholesterol diet and an effective exercise regimen to bring about a decrease in cholesterol levels in the blood particularly the low- density lipoproteins. Colestipol functions by inhibiting the reabsorption of bile acids leading to a decreased recirculation of bile acids that forces the liver to synthesize new bile acids from the cholesterol present in the blood thus lowering cholesterol levels.
Colestipol (Colestid) is a bile acid-binding resin which works by removing bile acid from the body. This helps the liver in making more bile acid by using cholesterol in the blood especially in people with high cholesterol. It also helps in lowering the cholesterol levels.
Colestipol is mainly used together with a proper diet to lower cholesterol in the blood. This helps in decreasing the risks of strokes and heart attacks. Consult your doctor for more information.
Colestipol is taken by mouth, normally 1 to 2 times daily or as directed by the doctor. Colestipol has several side effects. Some of the side effects include; nausea, constipation, stomach pain, trouble swallowing, loss of appetite and gas. Consult your doctor in the event these side effects occur.