It has been demonstrated that WelChol can lower total and LDL cholesterol by up to 27% and 46%, respectively.
WelChol was found to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from cardiovascular disease by 31%, 34%, and 24%, respectively, in a significant clinical study.
Additionally efficient at lowering triglycerides and raising HDL ("good") cholesterol is WelChol.
WelChol's most frequent adverse reactions are gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Typically, these side effects are minor and go away on their own. Consult your doctor if they continue or start to bother you.
WelChol may also cause the following adverse effects:
nausea or diarrhoea
Aches and pains in muscles
WelChol's uncommon but severe side effects include:
Call your doctor right away and stop taking WelChol if you experience any of these side effects.
Dosage of WelChol
One 162 mg tablet taken orally three times daily with meals is the typical starting dose of WelChol. Depending on how you react to the medication, your doctor may increase your dose up to 324 mg three times per day.
WelChol is offered as a tablet and a capsule.
It is best to take WellChol with food. Take WelChol with meals or snacks if you experience gastrointestinal side effects.
Take the missed WelChol dose as soon as you remember if you do. Skip the missed dose and carry on with your regular schedule if it is almost time for your next dose. Never take two WelChol doses at the same time.
There may be interactions between WelChol and other drugs, herbs, or vitamins you're taking. Tell your doctor about all the products you use, including any prescription or over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies.
Without first consulting your doctor, never start or stop taking any medications.
Mechanism of Action
WelChol works by binding to bile acids in the intestine and preventing their absorption. This reduces the amount of cholesterol your body absorbs from your diet.
WelChol has a bioavailability of about 30% and is quickly absorbed from the intestine. It is broken down in the liver and eliminated in feces.