Welchol and Muscle cramps - from FDA reports


Summary

Muscle cramps is found among people who take Welchol, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Atenolol, and have High blood cholesterol . We study 7,243 people who have side effects while taking Welchol from FDA. Among them, 34 have Muscle cramps. Find out below who they are, when they have Muscle cramps and more.

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Welchol

Welchol has active ingredients of colesevelam hydrochloride. It is often used in irritable bowel syndrome. (latest outcomes from Welchol 7,617 users)

Muscle Cramps

Muscle cramps (painful sensations caused by muscle contraction) has been reported by people with osteoporosis, high blood cholesterol (latest reports from 10,547 Muscle cramps patients).

On Jan, 23, 2017

7,243 people reported to have side effects when taking Welchol.
Among them, 34 people (0.47%) have Muscle Cramps


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Welchol cause Muscle cramps?

Time on Welchol when people have Muscle Cramps *:

  • < 1 month: 42.86 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 57.14 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Muscle Cramps when taking Welchol *:

  • female: 60.61 %
  • male: 39.39 %

Age of people who have Muscle Cramps when taking Welchol *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 0.0 %
  • 30-39: 0.0 %
  • 40-49: 7.69 %
  • 50-59: 42.31 %
  • 60+: 50.0 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • High Blood Cholesterol (12 people, 35.29%)
  • Hyperlipidaemia (2 people, 5.88%)
  • Sinus Disorder (1 person, 2.94%)
  • Lipids Increased (1 person, 2.94%)
  • High Blood Pressure (1 person, 2.94%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Atenolol (5 people, 14.71%)
  • Baycol (4 people, 11.76%)
  • Hydrochlorothiazide (3 people, 8.82%)
  • Singulair (2 people, 5.88%)
  • Metoprolol Tartrate (2 people, 5.88%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Muscle Aches (8 people, 23.53%)
  • Joint Pain (4 people, 11.76%)
  • Malaise (3 people, 8.82%)
  • Fatigue (3 people, 8.82%)
  • Dizziness (3 people, 8.82%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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