What is it and how is it used?
Taking Cholestagel helps to lower the level of cholesterol in your blood. Your doctor should only give you Cholestagel if a diet low in fat and cholesterol did not work well enough on its own.
Cholestagel works in your intestinal system by binding bile acids produced by your liver and carrying the bile acids out of your body with your faeces. This prevents your body from recycling the bile acids from your intestines in the usual way. Without the recycling process, your liver has to make additional bile acids. Your liver uses cholesterol from your blood to do this, which lowers the level of cholesterol in your blood.
Cholestagel is prescribed to treat a condition known as primary hypercholesterolaemia (when cholesterol in the blood is elevated).
- Cholestagel may be prescribed on its own in addition to a diet low in fat and cholesterol when treatment with a statin (a class of cholesterol-lowering medicines that work in the liver) is inappropriate or not well tolerated.
- Cholestagel may be used together with a statin and the diet low in fat and cholesterol when patients are not appropriately controlled by the statin on its own.
- Cholestagel may also be used together with ezetimibe (a cholesterol-lowering medicine that works by reducing cholesterol absorption from the gut), with or without a statin.