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  • Welcome
    to the Welchol
    ADDvantage Program

    Welcome to the welchol ADDvantage Program

    Looking for support, educational resources, and savings? We are here to help you get the information you need for your journey to manage primary hyperlipidemia and/or type 2 diabetes.

  • Welcome
    to the Welchol
    ADDvantage Program

    Welcome to the welchol ADDvantage Program

    Looking for support, educational resources, and savings? We are here to help you get the information you need for your journey to manage primary hyperlipidemia and/or type 2 diabetes.

  • Welcome
    to the Welchol
    ADDvantage Program

    Welcome to the welchol ADDvantage Program

    Looking for support, educational resources, and savings? We are here to help you get the information you need for your journey to manage primary hyperlipidemia and/or type 2 diabetes.

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SEE what the addvantage program has to offer

SEE what the addvantage program has to offer

Get information and tips on everything from fun activities to great-tasting, healthy recipes.
Click on any section below to start exploring and get inspired!

Healthy eating anywhere

There are healthy alternatives in your kitchen and on every menu. Learn how to improve your eating habits.

See your options

There are healthy alternatives in your kitchen and on every menu. Learn how to improve your eating habits.

See your options

Getting active

Find times during the day to take a walk around the block.
According to the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines, 10 minutes of exercise is better than 0 minutes.1,2

START MOVING!

Find times during the day to take a walk around the block.
According to the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines, 10 minutes of exercise is better than 0 minutes.1,2

START MOVING!

Talking with your doctor

Share your diet and activity plan with your doctor and learn how to make the most of your office visits.

Continue
the conversation

Share your diet and activity plan with your doctor and learn how to make the most of your office visits.

Continue
the conversation

Make Welchol (colesevelam HCl) part of your daily routine

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

Try to take your Welchol at the same mealtime each day

Associating a certain meal with taking your Welchol may
help you remember to take your dose. Visit Welchol.com
to learn more about the dosing instructions for Welchol
Tablets and Welchol for Oral Suspension.

Learn more about Welchol

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 www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For patients having difficulty affording their Daiichi Sankyo medication, please call the Daiichi Sankyo Patient Assistance Program at 1-866-268-7327 for more information or visit www.dsi.com/news/patientassistance.html.

Click here for full Product Information about Welchol.

Home Reference

REFERENCES:
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). How Much Physical Activity Do Adults Need? https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm. Accessed March 31, 2017.
2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Report, 2008. https://health.gov/paguidelines/report/pdf/CommitteeReport.pdf. Accessed March 31, 2017.

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