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Side Effects of Colesevelam

Common Side Effects of Colesevelam

Colesevelam has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to side effects that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
Based on these studies, the most common side effects of colesevelam include:
  • Constipation -- in up to 11 percent of people
  • Indigestion or heartburn -- up to 8.3 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 4.2 percent
  • The common cold -- up to 4.1 percent.
Other common side effects (occurring in 2 to 4 percent of people) include:

Final Thoughts on Side Effects of Colesevelam

You may experience some or none of the colesevelam side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking the drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a colesevelam side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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