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Welchol works in the digestive tract and is not broken down by the liver

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Welchol works in the digestive

While statins work in the liver, Welchol is a treatment that goes to work in your intestines, lowering both your LDL (bad) cholesterol and your high blood sugar (A1C) levels. The way Welchol lowers blood sugar is unknown.

Welchol is not for everyone. Please see Important Safety Information below.


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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.

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.

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Welchol lowers bad cholesterol

Welchol® (colesevelam HCl) lowers "bad" cholesterol differently from statins. While statins work in your liver, Welchol works in your intestines. It's a "bile acid sequestrant" indicated to lower LDL or "bad" cholesterol. Bile acids are needed to help digest fat from the foods we eat. Welchol attaches to bile acids and removes some of them from the body. When levels are reduced, your liver needs to make more. Your liver takes cholesterol from the bloodstream to do so—lowering your "bad" cholesterol.

Welchol also lowers your A1C. It's not known exactly how it does this, but studies have shown that, when added to metformin, sulfonylurea, or insulin therapy, Welchol helped significantly lower A1C levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. Welchol may increase blood levels of metformin when taking in combination with metformin extended release (ER). Check with your doctor about monitoring your blood sugar levels.

Welchol is not for everyone, especially those with blood triglyceride levels of greater than 500 mg/dL, those with a history of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) due to high triglyceride levels, or those with intestinal blockage. Ask your doctor if Welchol is right for you.

Please see Important Safety Information about Welchol below.

Ask your healthcare professional to check your lipid levels, including trigylceride and non-HDL cholesterol levels, before starting Welchol and periodically thereafter.

When to expect results

When to expect results

Your treatment milestones with Welchol
With Welchol, you may start seeing some results in as little as 2 weeks. Stay on Welchol to see continued clinical benefits. Keep moving forward with Welchol.
 

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Learn more about Welchol for bad cholesterol

Learn more about Welchol for high LDL (bad) cholesterol and for lowering high blood sugar

Welchol is not right for everyone. Ask your healthcare professional if Welchol is right for you.

Please see Important Safety Information about Welchol below.
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Important Safery Information

What is Welchol (colesevelam HCI)?

Welchol, along with diet and exercise, lowers LDL or “bad” cholesterol.

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).

Welchol, along with diet and exercise, also lowers blood sugar levels in adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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

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

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

Welchol has not been studied in all types of hypercholesterolemia.

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 HCI)

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

Welchol is not for everyone, especially those with:

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

Tell your health care provider (HCP) if you have high triglycerides (greater than 300 mg/dL). High levels of triglycerides in your blood can cause acute pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Discontinue Welchol and seek prompt medical attention if the symptoms of acute pancreatitis occur.

Welchol should not be taken 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, by those who might be at risk for intestinal blockage, or if you have vitamin A, D, E, or K deficiencies. Tell your HCP if you have any of these conditions.

Cases of intestinal blockage have occurred. Discontinue Welchol and seek medical attention if severe abdominal pain or severe constipation occurs.

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 vitamins/supplements you may be taking before beginning Welchol, as your HCP may tell you to take your other medications and vitamins/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 packet. Phenylalanine can be harmful to patients with phenylketonuria (PKU).

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 (dyspepsia), 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.

Please see full Prescribing Information for Welchol® (colesevelam HCl).

Savings Card Offer: Eligibility Criteria and Terms & Conditions

To the Patient: You must present this card to the pharmacist along with your WELCHOL® (colesevelam HCl) prescription to participate in the program. For patients with commercial insurance, savings per prescription of WELCHOL will apply after the following out‐of‐pocket expenses are met: $10 per prescription for a 30‐day supply of WELCHOL or $0 per prescription for a 90‐day supply of WELCHOL. Offer may not be combined with any other program offer or discount for WELCHOL. Savings for WELCHOL are subject to a maximum benefit of $150 per 30‐day prescription or $450 per 90‐day prescription. If you have questions regarding your eligibility or benefits, or wish to discontinue participation, call (877) 264‐2440
(8 AM – 8 PM ET, Monday‐Friday)
. When you use this card, you are certifying that you understand the program rules, regulations, and terms and conditions. You are not eligible if you are enrolled in any state or federal health care program, including, but not limited to, Medicare Part D or Medicaid, VA, DOD, or TRICARE/CHAMPUS; or where taxed, restricted, or prohibited by law; or if you do not otherwise comply with the terms of this card. Further, you agree to discontinue using the card if you enroll in any state or federal health care program during the program period. Offer valid in US and Puerto Rico only.

To the Pharmacist: When you use this card, you are certifying that the patient is not enrolled in any federal, state, or other governmental programs for this prescription.

  • Submit transaction to McKesson Corporation, using BIN #610524.
  • If primary coverage exists, input card information as secondary coverage and transmit using the COB segment of NCPDP transaction. Applicable discounts will be displayed in the transaction response.
  • Acceptance of this card is subject to LoyaltyScript® program Terms and Conditions posted at www.mckesson.com/mprstnc.
  • Patient not eligible if enrolled in any state or federal health care program, including, but not limited to, Medicare Part D or Medicaid, VA, DOD, or TRICARE/CHAMPUS, or where taxed, restricted, or prohibited by law. Offer valid in US and Puerto Rico only.
  • The LoyaltyScript® card is not valid for use with any other prescription drug discount or cash cards for WELCHOL. Claims submitted utilizing the program are subject to audit or validation.
  • LoyaltyScript® is not an insurance card.

Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this program, at any time, without notice.

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