Review: could Welchol cause Muscle Cramps?


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 Hypercholesterolaemia . We study 4,510 people who have side effects while taking Welchol from FDA and social media. Among them, 37 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 high blood cholesterol. (latest outcomes from Welchol 4,493 users)

Muscle Cramps

Muscle cramps (painful sensations caused by muscle contraction) has been reported by people with breathing difficulty, blood bilirubin increased, abdominal pain, blood alkaline phosphatase increased, memory loss (latest reports from 10,491 Muscle cramps patients).

On Aug, 23, 2016

4,510 people reported to have side effects when taking Welchol.
Among them, 37 people (0.82%) have Muscle Cramps


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Welchol cause Muscle cramps?

Time on Welchol when people have Muscle Cramps *:

  • < 1 month: 44.44 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 55.56 %
  • 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: 61.11 %
  • male: 38.89 %

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: 6.9 %
  • 50-59: 44.83 %
  • 60+: 48.28 %

Severity if Muscle Cramps when taking Welchol **:

  • least: 0.0 %
  • moderate: 0.0 %
  • severe: 100 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Hypercholesterolaemia (8 people)
  • Blood Cholesterol Increased (3 people)
  • Hypertension (2 people)
  • Hyperlipidaemia (2 people)
  • Blood Triglycerides Increased (2 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Atenolol (5 people)
  • Baycol (4 people)
  • Zoloft (3 people)
  • Synthroid (3 people)
  • Acetylsalicylic Acid Srt (3 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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