Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adjunct to type 2 diabetes mellitus, Hypercholesterolaemia
Adult: 3.75 g daily in 1-2 divided doses. Max: 4.375 g daily. In combination w/ a statin w/ or w/o ezetimibe: 2.5-3.75 g daily.
Should be taken with food.
History of bowel obstruction, serum triglyceride concentrations >500 mg/dL, history of hypertriglyceridemia-induced pancreatitis.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ triglyceride concentration >300 mg/dL, dysphagia or swallowing disorders, gastroparesis or other GI motility disorders. Patient susceptible to vit K deficiency (e.g. malabsorption syndromes) or other fat-soluble vit. Patient who underwent major GI tract surgery and who may be at risk for bowel obstruction. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Constipation, dyspepsia, nausea, accidental injury, asthenia, pharyngitis, flu-like syndrome, rhinitis, myalgia, hypoglycaemia. HTN, hypertriglyceridemia.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor lipid parameter, including serum triglyceride and non-HDL cholesterol concentrations prior to therapy and periodically thereafter.
Symptoms: Severe local GI effects (e.g. constipation). Management: Location and degree of obstruction, presence or absence of normal gut motility would determine treatment.
Drug Interactions
May decrease absorption of fat-soluble vit A, D, E and K. May interfere w/ anticoagulant effect of warfarin. May reduce serum concentration of ciclosporin, phenytoin, glibenclamide, ethinyl estradiol, norethindrone.
Description: Colesevelam, a nonabsorbable hydrogel, binds w/ bile acids in the intestine to form a nonabsorbable complex that is excreted in the faeces. This results in increased conversion of cholesterol to bile acids in the liver causing a compensatory increase in hepatic uptake of circulating LDL cholesterol.
Onset: Approx 2 wk.
Absorption: Not absorbed from the GI tract.
Excretion: Via urine (0.05%).
Store at 25°C. Protect from moisture.
MIMS Class
Dyslipidaemic Agents
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