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Hi,

I started on Welchol 625mg on Thursday evening. In total, I've taken 4 doses so far. After 2 doses, I began to have body aches all over as though I had the flu (although I do not). I'm also experiencing some muscle twitching.

Is this common for Welchol? I know that joint pain is commonly associated with the statins but since Welchol isn't a statin, I'm sort of befuddled.

I'm supposed to work up to 6 pills a day. If I feel this way with 2/day, I can't imagine being able to tolerate 6. This stinks, however, because I really don't want to start on a statin. My husband and I will hopefully be having children sometime in the next 18-24 months which is why my physician opted for Welchol (Category B).

Thanks for any feedback. FYI, at last testing, my total cholesterol was 269, LDL was 188, triglycerides were normal and I think that HDL was around 48-50. I'm 32 years old, about 15 lbs overweight, normal blood pressure, nonsmoker.
[QUOTE=UofMWolverines;4198986]Thanks for any feedback. FYI, at last testing, my total cholesterol was 269, LDL was 188, triglycerides were normal and I think that HDL was around 48-50. I'm 32 years old, [b]about 15 lbs overweight[/b], normal blood pressure, nonsmoker.[/QUOTE]

If you are overweight with fat (as opposed to being overweight with muscle, which is healthy), try losing some of the excess body fat to improve your blood cholesterol numbers. That may allow you to use less or even no medication to get your blood cholesterol to healthy levels.

269 - 188 - 49 = 32 for VLDL, which means your triglycerides is 160 by the common estimation of VLDL * 5. This is somewhat on the high side.

Also, consider your diet. Avoid trans-fats from hydrogenated oils and limit saturated fats to try to get the LDL down. Limit sugar, fast digesting carbohydrates, and alcohol to try to get triglycerides down.

Increasing exercise should help raise HDL.





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