Welchol patient assistance program
Have you been prescribed Welchol? Do you need help paying for your prescription? At Prescription Care, we may be able to help. With our assistance, you may be able to get your Welchol for $49 per month*.
We work directly with your healthcare provider to assist you to enroll in patient assistance programs for prescription medications. Prescription Care handles the application process on your behalf, helping you to get easy and affordable access to the medications you need.
Your monthly Welchol cost savings if eligible
If you are eligible for the Welchol patient assistance program you could get your essential medication for a monthly fee of just $49. This flat monthly cost is the only fee you will have to pay, potentially saving you:
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Am I eligible for the Welchol patient assistance program?
Apply online with Prescription Care to find out if you are eligible for the Welchol patient assistance program. We always review each application individually to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria for each specific patient assistance program. he main factors considered by most programs include:
- US residency
- Combined household income
- Insurance status
Up to $36,000
Up to $50,000
Up to $100,000
How do I apply for the Welchol patient assistance program?
Prescription Care’s application process is simple and straightforward. Start by completing your enrollment application. We will need to know about any medications you’re taking, including Welchol, as well as details about your healthcare provider, your insurance plan, and your household income.
We will review your application and once we determine that you may be eligible for Welchol assistance, we’ll handle the full application process for you and help enroll you in the patient assistance program. Once you are successfully enrolled, we will continue to request your Welchol medication refills on your behalf for up to one year.
Is Prescription Care a Welchol coupons provider?
No, we are not a Welchol coupons provider. Prescription Care is a service provider that helps eligible individuals access the Welchol patient assistance program. We are not a Welchol discount card, or a Welchol copay card provider.
When looking for cheap Welchol, consider that you will likely save more through the Welchol patient assistance program with Prescription Care. You will never pay more than $49 per month, which is likely to be a more cost-effective ongoing solution for your prescription medication than printable Welchol manufacturer coupons, Welchol discounts, rebates, Welchol savings cards, trial offers, or free Welchol samples.
Can Prescription Care help me get Welchol if I have insurance?
At Prescription Care we help eligible individuals access the medications they need through patient assistance programs. You may still be eligible for assistance if you have insurance, but your insurance company won’t pay for your Welchol medication. We may also be able to help if you have a high copay or coinsurance responsibility, or no insurance in place at all.
How much is Welchol with insurance?
The price you will need to pay for Welchol will be determined by the terms of your healthcare plan. To understand your copay with your current insurance, contact your insurance provider or pharmacist.
How much does Welchol cost without insurance?
Welchol prices without insurance will vary depending on whether you buy Welchol tablets or the oral powder. Prices will also vary depending on where you buy your Welchol from. As a guide, a pack of 30, 625 mg Welchol tablets will cost around $120.
What is Welchol?
Welchol is a medication used with diet and exercise to lower both “bad” cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Specifically, it’s used to:
- Reduce blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes
- Reduce “bad” (LDL) cholesterol levels in adults with high levels of fat in their blood (primary hyperlipidemia)
- Reduce “bad” (LDL) cholesterol levels in boys, and in girls who have had a menstrual period, aged 10 and above who have heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (a genetic disorder that causes high cholesterol)
Type 2 diabetes is a condition where you have high blood sugar levels most of the time. Once you eat, your body starts to digest your food. During this process, sugar is absorbed into your blood to be transported around your body, so it can be delivered to the cells that need it for energy. A hormone called insulin helps your cells absorb the sugar from your blood. If you have type 2 diabetes, you may not produce enough insulin, you may become resistant to insulin, or both. This limits the amount of sugar your cells can absorb and causes your blood sugar to be too high. Over time this can cause serious health problems, including nerve damage, heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, blindness, and poor blood flow that can lead to amputations.
There are a range of ways to treat type 2 diabetes. These include getting more exercise, changing your diet, losing weight, and by taking a medication that can help lower your blood sugar like Welchol. Welchol is often used alongside other diabetes medications, like metformin. It can reduce the damage caused by type 2 diabetes and help you overcome it.
Cholesterol is a type of fat your liver makes, and it’s also found in meat and dairy products. If you have too much LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, in your blood, it can increase your risk of heart disease and strokes. As bad cholesterol travels around your body in your blood, it can stick to the sides of your arteries. Other substances can accumulate around this stuck cholesterol, like white blood cells and calcium, to form a tough substance called plaque. When plaque forms it hardens which narrows your arteries. This in turn reduces the flow of blood through them, which raises your blood pressure. If lumps of plaque break away from the sides of your arteries, they can form clots that can block the flow of blood to your heart or your brain. This can cause heart disease and strokes. Lifestyle changes and medications like Welchol can help you lower the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood, reducing your risk of heart problems and strokes.
Welchol active ingredients
The active ingredient in Welchol is called colesevelam hydrochloride. It helps your body to reduce both your bad cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Colesevelam hydrochloride helps to lower your bad cholesterol by making your liver produce more bile acids. Bile acids are produced by your liver and help you digest food. When you take Welchol, colesevelam hydrochloride attaches to bile acids and carries them to your bowels, where they’re excreted in your feces. This reduces your bile acid levels and causes your liver to make more. Your liver takes cholesterol from your blood to make bile acids, lowering your blood cholesterol levels.
It’s not yet understood how colesevelam hydrochloride also lowers your blood sugar levels. However scientific research has shown that it does do this, particularly when used alongside another diabetes medication called metformin.
Welchol side effects & Welchol drug interactions
The most common side effects caused by Welchol include:
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Being sick (vomiting)
- Gas (flatulence)
In rare instances, Welchol can cause more serious side effects, including:
- Severe allergic reactions to the medication
- High levels of triglycerides (fat) in your blood (hypertriglyceridemia)
- Severe swelling of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- Bowel obstructions
- Deficiencies of fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamin K, that can lead to other health problems
If you are taking other medications alongside Welchol, they could potentially interact. When this happens, Welchol may become less effective. You could even experience more severe side effects. These medications that may interact with Welchol include:
- Metformin, used to treat type 2 diabetes
- Sulfonylurea drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes, like glimepiride, glipizide, or glyburide
- Any other diabetes medications
- Thyroid hormone replacement therapies
- Phenytoin, an anti-seizure medication
- Warfarin, an anticoagulant (blood thinner)
- Oral contraceptives containing ethinyl estradiol or norethindrone
- Olmesartan medoxomil, used to treat heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetic kidney disease
Welchol warnings & precautions
Welchol isn’t suitable for everyone. Don’t take Welchol if you:
- Are allergic to the active ingredient colesevelam hydrochloride
- Are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Welchol
- Have type 1 diabetes (Welchol is for type 2 diabetes)
- Have diabetic ketoacidosis – a potentially life-threatening condition where your body breaks down fat too quickly
- Have a blockage in your intestines or bile ducts
- Are under 18 years old and don’t have heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia
- Are under 10 years old
- Are a girl over 10 years old who has not yet had a menstrual period
Talk to your doctor before taking Welchol if you:
- Have a history of pancreas problems, like pancreatitis
- Have high blood triglyceride levels (above 500 mg/dL)
- Suffer from constipation
- Are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant
- Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed