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Welchol vs Colestipol Hydrochloride, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 69

This is personalized comparison of Welchol vs Colestipol Hydrochloride for a female aged 69. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Welchol (latest outcomes from 4,020 users) has active ingredients of colesevelam hydrochloride. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

Colestipol hydrochloride (latest outcomes from 453 users) has active ingredients of colestipol hydrochloride. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

On Nov, 23, 2014: 618 female patients aged 66 who take the same drugs are studied in Welchol vs Colestipol Hydrochloride

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Female66High blood cholesterol

Drugs to compare:

Welchol colesevelam hydrochlorideDaiichi Sankyo
Colestipol Hydrochloride colestipol hydrochloridenot specified

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 66 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Welchol (Daiichi Sankyo)Colestipol Hydrochloride
Myalgia (muscle pain)Dehydration (dryness resulting from the removal of water)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Diarrhoea
Blood Cholesterol IncreasedNeutropenic Colitis (inflammation of the cecum, often with involvement of the ascending colon and ileum, a life threatening condition)
Dyspepsia (indigestion)Dizziness
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Hiatus Hernia (hernia resulting from the protrusion of part of the stomach through the diaphragm)
Dysphagia (condition in which swallowing is difficult or painful)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Arthralgia (joint pain)Asthenia (weakness)
Drug IneffectiveSmall Intestinal Obstruction (blockage in small intestine)

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Welchol (Daiichi Sankyo)Colestipol Hydrochloride
Aspartate Aminotransferase Increased
Viral Infection Nos
Alanine Aminotransferase Increased
Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
Blood Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Increased
Pancreatic Neoplasm (pancreatic tumour)
Vomiting Nos
Oesophageal Pain

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Colestipol Hydrochloride16.67%66.67%16.67%0.00%0.00%

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On eHealthMe, Welchol (colesevelam hydrochloride) is often used to treat high blood cholesterol. Colestipol Hydrochloride (colestipol hydrochloride) is often used to treat high blood cholesterol. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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