How should you use this medication?
Take this medication by mouth. Take it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. Do not cut, crush or chew this medication. Swallow the tablets whole. Keep taking it unless your care team tells you to stop. Some brands of this medication may be taken with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Other brands of this medication should be taken with food. Ask your care team or pharmacist if you should take this medication with or without food. Take bile acid sequestrants at a different time of day than this medication. Take this medication 1 hour BEFORE or 4 to 6 hours AFTER bile acid sequestrants. Talk to your care team regarding the use of this medication in children. Special care may be needed.
What are the possible side effects of this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
Allergic reactions-skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
Blood clot-pain, swelling, or warmth in the leg, shortness of breath, chest pain
Gallbladder problems-severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever
Liver injury-right upper belly pain, loss of appetite, nausea, light-colored stool, dark yellow or brown urine, yellowing of skin or eyes, unusual weakness or fatigue
Muscle injury-unusual weakness or fatigue, muscle pain, dark yellow or brown urine, decrease in amount of urine
Pancreatitis-severe stomach pain that spreads to your back or gets worse after eating or when touched, fever, nausea, vomiting
Rash, fever, and swollen lymph nodes
Redness, blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
Unusual bruising or bleeding Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
Runny or stuffy nose
What may interact with this medicine?
Our pharmacists will check to see if this medication will cause any interactions with the information in your profile.
This medication may interact with the following:
Bile acid sequestrants like cholestyramine, colesevelam, and colestipol
Certain medications for cholesterol like atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin
Certain medications for diabetes, like glipizide or glyburide
Certain medications that suppress the body’s immune response like cyclosporine and tacrolimus
Supplements like red yeast rice