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Welchol Side Effects

Common Welchol Side Effects


The most commonly reported Welchol side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Dysphagia (51)
Constipation (31)
Myalgia (28)
Asthenia (23)
Nausea (20)
Fatigue (19)
Dizziness (17)
Diarrhoea (17)
Pain In Extremity (16)
Weight Decreased (15)
Back Pain (14)
Muscle Spasms (14)
Gastrooesophageal Reflux Disease (13)
Dyspepsia (12)
Dyspnoea (12)
Arthralgia (12)
Pruritus (12)
Headache (12)
Vomiting (12)
Pain (11)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Welchol Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Welchol reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


The appearance of Welchol on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
Product Physical Issue
This is a report of a 37-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: abdominal discomfort,diabetic neuropathy,diabetes mellitus, who was treated with Welchol (dosage: 500 Mg, 3x/day, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Lyrica (300 Mg, 2x/day)
  • Lantus (10 Mg, 1x/day)
  • Novolog (Unk)
  • Paxil (25 Mg, 1x/day)
  • Lisinopril (10 Mg, 1x/day)
  • Ibuprofen (800 Mg, 3x/day)
  • Ibuprofen
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Product Physical Issue
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Welchol treatment in male patients, resulting in product physical issue side effect.

Muscle Spasms, Hypoaesthesia, Angina Pectoris, Weight Decreased, Myalgia
This report suggests a potential Welchol (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (625 Milligram, Tablet) (colesevelam Hydrochloride) Muscle Spasms, Hypoaesthesia, Angina Pectoris, Weight Decreased, Myalgia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 72-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: hypercholesterolaemia and used Welchol (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (625 Milligram, Tablet) (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (dosage: 1875 Mg (625 Mg, Tid), Per Oral) starting 201212. Soon after starting Welchol (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (625 Milligram, Tablet) (colesevelam Hydrochloride) the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Hypoaesthesia
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Weight Decreased
  • Myalgia
Drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Welchol (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (625 Milligram, Tablet) (colesevelam Hydrochloride) demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as muscle spasms, may still occur.

Blood Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Increased, Hot Flush
This Blood Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Increased, Hot Flush problem was reported by a health professional from US. A 68-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol abnormal. On Dec 20, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Welchol (dosage: One-half Pill?qd?oral). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Synthroid
  • Raloxifene
  • Nexium
  • Imderal La
When commencing Welchol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Blood Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Increased
  • Hot Flush
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as blood thyroid stimulating hormone increased, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Pruritus, Eye Pruritus
This is a report of a 84-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: diabetes mellitus,blood cholesterol and was treated with Welchol (dosage: 3.75 1 Packet Daily Mix W/water) starting Dec 30, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Pruritus
  • Eye Pruritus
This opens a possibility that Welchol treatment could cause the above reactions, including pruritus, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.


Hip Arthroplasty, Foreign Body, Influenza Like Illness, Oropharyngeal Pain
A 73-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: hypercholesterolaemia started Welchol treatment (dosage: NA) on NS. Soon after starting Welchol treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Hip Arthroplasty
  • Foreign Body
  • Influenza Like Illness
  • Oropharyngeal Pain
Concurrently used drugs: NA.The patient was hospitalized. This finding indicates that some female patients could be more vulnerable to Welchol.

Choking, Foreign Body
A 74-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) experienced symptoms, such as: NA and was treated with Welchol(dosage: Qd.). The treatment was initiated on NS. After that a consumer reported the following side effect(s):
  • Choking
  • Foreign Body
Concurrently used drugs, which potentially could have contributed to side effect(s) or affected Welchol efficacy: NA.The patient was hospitalized.

Myalgia, Pain In Extremity, Back Pain, Sensation Of Pressure
In this report, Welchol 3.75 G Packet, Daiichi was administered for the following condition: blood cholesterol.A 58-year-old female consumer from US (weight: NA) started Welchol 3.75 G Packet, Daiichi treatment (dosage: 1 Pkt Once Daily Taken By Mouth) on Nov 13, 2013.Sometime after starting the treatment, the patient complained of the following side effect(s):
  • Myalgia
  • Pain In Extremity
  • Back Pain
  • Sensation Of Pressure
A possible interaction with other drugs could have contributed to this reaction: NA.Establishing a causal relationship between a specific drug and consumer's side effects is complex, but it is possible that in this report Welchol 3.75 G Packet, Daiichi treatment could be related to the listed above side effect(s).

Dyspepsia, Dysphagia
This is a report of the following Welchol side effect(s):
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dysphagia
A 60-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) presented with the following condition: blood cholesterol increased and received a treatment with Welchol (dosage: By Mouth, 3w Tabs. Bid.) starting: Jun 13, 2013.The following concurrently used drugs could have generated interactions:
  • Atenolol
  • Levothyroxin
  • Aspirin
  • Fishoil
  • Vitamin B12
This report suggests that a Welchol treatment could be associated with the listed above side effect(s).

Constipation, Impaired Gastric Emptying, Abdominal Distension
This Welchol report was submitted by a 59-year-old male consumer from US (weight: NA). The patient was diagnosed with: NA and Welchol was administered (dosage: 1 3.75 G Packet Daily) starting: Mar 20, 2013. The consumer developed a set of symptoms:
  • Constipation
  • Impaired Gastric Emptying
  • Abdominal Distension
Other drugs used simultaneously: NA.Those unexpected symptoms could be linked to a Welchol treatment, however establishing a potential drug-safety problem requires a more detailed clinical analysis.

Intervertebral Disc Protrusion
This is a report of a possible correlation between Welchol use and the following symptoms/side effect(s):
  • Intervertebral Disc Protrusion
which could contribute to an assessment of Welchol risk profile.A 70-year-old female consumer from US (weight: NA) was suffering from hypercholesterolaemia and was treated with Welchol (dosage: 3.75 Gm ( 3.75 Gm, Qd), Per Oral) starting 2011.Other concurrent medications:
  • Evista ( Raloxifene) ( Raloxifene)
The patient was hospitalized.

Pharyngeal Oedema, Nausea, Oropharyngeal Pain, Myalgia, Influenza Like Illness, Fatigue, Cough
A 69-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA) presented with the following symptoms: blood cholesterol increased and after a treatment with Welchol (dosage: NA) experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Pharyngeal Oedema
  • Nausea
  • Oropharyngeal Pain
  • Myalgia
  • Influenza Like Illness
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
The treatment was started on Oct 24, 2013. Welchol was used in combination with the following drugs:
  • Metformin
  • Glipizinde
  • Lotrel 5/10
  • Baby Aspirin
This report could alert potential Welchol consumers.

Biliary Cirrhosis Primary
In this report, a 51-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) was affected by a possible Welchol side effect.The patient was diagnosed with hypercholesterolaemia. After a treatment with Welchol (dosage: 1875 Mg (1875 Mg, Qd), Per Oral, start date: 2000), the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Biliary Cirrhosis Primary
The following simultaneously used drugs could have led to this reaction:
  • Insulin (insulin) (insulin)
  • Lisinopril (lisinopril) (lisinopril)
The patient was hospitalized.The findings here stress that side effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating a Welchol treatment.

Back Pain, Dysstasia
This is a report of a 65-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA), who used Welchol (dosage: 3 Pills Twice Daily Taken By Mouth) for a treatment of blood cholesterol increased,blood triglycerides increased. After starting a treatment on Oct 28, 2013, the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Back Pain
  • Dysstasia
The following drugs could possibly have interacted with the Welchol treatment NA.Taken together, these observations suggest that a Welchol treatment could be related to side effect(s), such as Back Pain, Dysstasia.

Prostate Cancer
This prostate cancer side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 67-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: hypercholesterolaemia. The patient was prescribed Welchol (dosage: 1250 Mg (1250 Mg, Qd), Per Oral), which was started on Sep 17, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Lopressor (metoprolol Tartrate) (metoprolol Tartrate)
When starting to take Welchol the consumer reported the following symptoms:
  • Prostate Cancer
These side effects may potentially be related to Welchol.

Off Label Use, Headache, Decreased Appetite
This is a Welchol side effect report of a 87-year-old male patient (weight:NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: diarrhoea, who was treated with Welchol (dosage:NA, start time: 201310), combined with: NA., and developed a serious reaction and a off label use side effect. The patient presented with:
  • Off Label Use
  • Headache
  • Decreased Appetite
which developed after the beginning of treatment. The patient was hospitalized. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Welchol treatment in male patients suffering from diarrhoea, resulting in off label use.

Product Taste Abnormal, Product Physical Issue, Malaise, Insomnia, Ocular Hyperaemia, Feeling Hot, Hypoaesthesia, Hyperhidrosis, Presyncope
This report suggests a potential Welchol product taste abnormal side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 59-year-old female patient from US (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): hyperlipidaemia and used Welchol (dosage: 3.75 Gm, Qd, Per Oral) starting Oct 23, 2013. Soon after starting Welchol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Product Taste Abnormal
  • Product Physical Issue
  • Malaise
  • Insomnia
  • Ocular Hyperaemia
  • Feeling Hot
  • Hypoaesthesia
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Presyncope
Drugs used concurrently:
  • Welchol (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (625 Milligram, Tablet) (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (3750 Mg (1875 Mg, Bid))
Although Welchol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as product taste abnormal, may still occur.

Parkinson^s Disease
This parkinson^s disease problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 74-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following medical condition(s): hyperlipidaemia.On NS a consumer started treatment with Welchol (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (625 Milligram, Tablet) (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (dosage: NA). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time:
  • Lipitor (atorvastatin Calcium)
When commencing Welchol (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (625 Milligram, Tablet) (colesevelam Hydrochloride), the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
  • Parkinson^s Disease
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential side effect risks. Some side effects, such as parkinson^s disease, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Paralysis, Movement Disorder
This is a Welchol side effect report of a 73-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased and was treated with Welchol (dosage: NA) starting Jan 05, 2010. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Levothyroxine
  • Lisinopril
  • Tramadol
  • Acetaminophen
  • Alendronate Sodium
  • D3
  • Tylenol
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
  • Paralysis
  • Movement Disorder
This opens a possibility that Welchol could cause paralysis and that some female patients may be more susceptible.

Oropharyngeal Pain, Dyspepsia, Muscle Tightness, Musculoskeletal Stiffness
A 69-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms: blood cholesterol increased started Welchol treatment (dosage: 1 Tblespoon - Powder 1 X Day Added Liquid To Powder) on Apr 02, 2013. Soon after starting Welchol treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
  • Oropharyngeal Pain
  • Dyspepsia
  • Muscle Tightness
  • Musculoskeletal Stiffness
. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Lisinopril-hctz
  • Zetia
  • Centrum Silver
  • Caltrate 600 + D
  • Preservision Lutein
This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Welchol side effects, such as oropharyngeal pain.

Urinary Tract Infection
This urinary tract infection side effect was reported by a pharmacist from US. A 72-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: hypercholesterolaemia.The patient was prescribed Welchol (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (625 Milligram, Tablet) (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (dosage: 3750 Mg (1875 Mg, Bid) , Per Oral), which was started on 201310. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Flomax (tamsulosin Hydrochloride) (tamsulosin Hydrochloride)
  • Zyvox Linezolid) (linezolid)
.When starting to take Welchol (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (625 Milligram, Tablet) (colesevelam Hydrochloride) the consumer reported symptoms, such as:
  • Urinary Tract Infection
These side effects may potentially be related to Welchol (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (625 Milligram, Tablet) (colesevelam Hydrochloride). The patient was hospitalized.

Neck Pain, Nausea, Cough, Rhinorrhoea, Discomfort, Sleep Disorder
This is a report of a 77-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased, who was treated with Welchol (dosage: 3 Pills With A Meal, Twice Daily, Taken By Mouth, start time: Oct 09, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Neck Pain
  • Nausea
  • Cough
  • Rhinorrhoea
  • Discomfort
  • Sleep Disorder
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Welchol treatment in female patients, resulting in neck pain side effect.

Choking
This report suggests a potential Welchol Choking side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 70-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased and used Welchol (dosage: 625 Mg 3 Pills Twice Daily Taken By Mouth) starting Sep 27, 2013. Soon after starting Welchol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Choking
Drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Welchol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as choking, may still occur.

Myalgia, Pruritus, Dyspnoea, Flushing
This Myalgia, Pruritus, Dyspnoea, Flushing problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 76-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased. On Apr 23, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Welchol (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Potassium
  • Isosorbide
  • Besylate
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Aspirin
  • Brilinta
  • Niaspan
  • Niaspan
When commencing Welchol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Myalgia
  • Pruritus
  • Dyspnoea
  • Flushing
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as myalgia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Sensation Of Heaviness, Joint Dislocation
This is a report of a female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: hypercholesterolaemia and was treated with Welchol (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (625 Milligram, Tablet) (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (dosage: 3750 Mg (3750 Mg, Qd), Per Oral) starting 2012. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Niacin (nicotinic Acid) (nicotinic Acid)
  • Lopid (gemfibrozil) (gemfibrozil)
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Sensation Of Heaviness
  • Joint Dislocation
This opens a possibility that Welchol (colesevelam Hydrochloride) (625 Milligram, Tablet) (colesevelam Hydrochloride) treatment could cause the above reactions, including sensation of heaviness, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.

Muscle Fatigue, Asthenia
A 68-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: hyperlipidaemia started Welchol treatment (dosage: 6 Tablets Qd Oral) on Jan 15, 2013. Soon after starting Welchol treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Muscle Fatigue
  • Asthenia
Concurrently used drugs:
  • Amlodipine(norvasc)
  • Aspirin
  • Benazepril(lotensin)
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Januvia
  • Metformin Glucophage
  • Pioglitazone(actos)
  • Tadalafil(cialis)
This finding indicates that some male patients could be more vulnerable to Welchol.

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Top 10 Welchol Side Effects for Women

Women Side EffectsReports
Dysphagia 38
Nausea 16
Myalgia 15
Constipation 14
Dizziness 13
Back Pain 12
Fatigue 12
Pain In Extremity 12
Asthenia 11
Dyspepsia 11

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    Welchol Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC21695-779
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NameWelchol
    Namecolesevelam hydrochloride
    Dosage FormFOR SUSPENSION
    RouteORAL
    On market since20100101
    LabelerRebel Distributors Corp
    Active Ingredient(s)COLESEVELAM HYDROCHLORIDE
    Strength(s)3.75
    Unit(s)g/1
    Pharma ClassBile Acid Sequestrant [EPC],Bile-acid Binding Activity [MoA]

    More About Welchol

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 345

    Welchol safety alerts: No

    Reported deaths: 7

    Reported hospitalizations: 106

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