Colestid treats high cholesterol. Take all other medications at least 1 hour before or 4 hours after you take Colestid, because it can interfere with how your body absorbs your medications.

Colestid Overview


Colestid is a prescription medication used in combination with dietary changes to treat high cholesterol. Colestid belongs to a group of drugs called bile acid sequestrants. These work by binding bile acids, substances that are bound to LDL cholesterol ("bad cholesterol"), and then removing them from the body. 

This medication comes tablets to be taken by mouth. It is usually taken 1 or 2 times per day, with meals.

Do not cut, crush, or chew the tablets. Swallow tablets whole with a full glass of liquid.

This medication also is available as granules for suspension. The granules are mixed with a liquid before taking.

Common side effects of Colestid include constipation, gas, and nausea.

Patient Ratings for Colestid

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What are you taking Colestid for?

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  • Other
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Enterocolitis, Pseudomembranous
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hyperlipoproteinemias
  • Hypertriglyceridemia

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  • A month or so
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Uses of Colestid

Colestid is a prescription medication used in combination with dietary changes to treat high cholesterol.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.



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Colestid Drug Class

Colestid is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Colestid

Serious side effects have been reported with Colestid. See the "Colestid Precautions" section.

Common side effects of Colestid include the following:

  • constipation
  • abdominal pain and cramping
  • gas (bloating)
  • heartburn
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea (loose stools)

This is not a complete list of Colestid side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.