Being Active

Taking Welchol® (colesevelam HCl) as prescribed and being active is important. Activity may help improve flexibility, contribute to weight loss, and lower "bad" cholesterol and/or A1C numbers.

Talk to your doctor about the right exercise routine for you.

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Weight is an important indicator

Weight is an important indicator of how you're doing with being active and eating healthy.
Now is the time to embark on this next part of your journey. You can do it. And the Welchol ADDvantage Program can be there to help—step by step.

Consult with your healthcare professional before choosing a goal weight and starting a new activity. If you have diabetes, exercise may increase your risk for low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) during or after exercise.1
Speak with your healthcare professional if you experience hypoglycemia.

Welchol, along with diet and exercise, lowers LDL-C (“bad”) cholesterol and also lowers blood sugar levels in adults with high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

What IS BMI ?

What is BMI?

Weight is more than just numbers on a scale—it's a main factor of your BMI. BMI stands for "Body Mass Index."

It refers to the percentage of fat to muscle in your body based on your height and weight.2

When talking about BMI with your healthcare professional, use these numbers as a guide:
  • Average (normal) weight is 18.5 to 24.9
  • Overweight is 25 to 29.9
  • Obese is 30 or higher

Make Welchol (colesevelam HCl) part of your daily routine - Being Active

Make Welchol®
(colesevelam HCl)
part of your daily routine

Fitting exercise and your medication plan into your schedule is an important part of a healthy lifestyle

Working Welchol into your routine, along with diet and exercise, can become a new healthy habit. Visit to learn more about the dosing instructions for Welchol Tablets and Welchol for Oral Suspension.

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Important Safety Information

WHAT IS WELCHOL® (colesevelam HCl)?

Welchol, along with diet and exercise, lowers LDL or “bad” cholesterol. It can be taken alone or with other cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins.

Welchol lowers LDL cholesterol in boys, and in girls who have had a menstrual period, ages 10 to 17 years, with a condition known as heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (a genetic disorder that causes high cholesterol) alone or with other cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins after inadequate control with diet alone.

Welchol, along with diet and exercise, also lowers blood sugar levels in adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus when added to other anti-diabetes medications (metformin, sulfonylureas, or insulin).

Welchol should not be used to treat type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.

Welchol has not been studied with all anti-diabetes medications.

Welchol has not been studied in children younger than 10 years old or in girls who have not had a menstrual period.

Important Safety Information About Welchol (colesevelam HCl)

Welchol is available by prescription only. Ask your HCP if Welchol is right for you.

Welchol is not for everyone, especially those with:

  • a history of intestinal blockage,
  • blood triglyceride levels of greater than 500 mg/dL, or
  • a history of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) due to high triglyceride levels.

Welchol has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks.

Tell your health care provider (HCP) if you have high triglycerides (greater than 300 mg/dL).

Tell your HCP if you have stomach or intestinal problems, including gastroparesis (when the stomach takes too long to empty its contents), abnormal contractions of the digestive system, a history of major gastrointestinal tract surgery, if you have trouble swallowing, or if you have vitamin A, D, E, or K deficiencies.

Welchol has known interactions with cyclosporine, glimepiride, glipizide, glyburide, levothyroxine, certain birth control pills, olmesartan medoxomil, and metformin extended release (ER). Welchol has not been studied with all combinations of drugs and supplements. Please tell your HCP about all medications and supplements you may be taking before beginning Welchol, as your HCP may tell you to take your other medications and supplements 4 hours before taking Welchol.

Remember to tell your HCP if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Welchol (colesevelam HCl) for Oral Suspension should not be taken in its dry form.

Welchol for Oral Suspension is recommended for, but not limited to, use in appropriate pediatric patients as well as any patient who has difficulty swallowing.

Phenylketonurics: Welchol for Oral Suspension contains 27 mg phenylalanine per 3.75 gram dose.

In clinical trials, the adverse reactions observed in ≥2% of patients, and more commonly with Welchol than placebo (“sugar pill”), regardless of investigator assessment of causality seen in:

  • Adult patients with high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol were:
    constipation, indigestion, nausea, accidental injury, weakness, sore throat, flu-like symptoms, runny nose, and muscle aches
  • Pediatric patients with high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol were:
    inflamed nasal passages and throat, headache, fatigue, creatine phosphokinase (a muscle enzyme) increase, runny nose, and vomiting
  • Adult patients with Type 2 Diabetes were:
    constipation, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), indigestion (dyspepsia), nausea, high blood pressure (hypertension), and back pain

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Getting-active Reference

1. American Diabetes Association. Blood Glucose Control and Exercise. Updated September 25, 2017. Accessed April 9, 2018.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About Adult BMI. Updated August 29, 2017. Accessed April 9, 2018.

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