What is this medicine?
FENOFIBRATE (fen oh FYE brate) capsules can help lower blood fats and cholesterol for people who are at risk of getting inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) from having very high amounts of fats in their blood. This medicine is only for patients whose blood fats are not controlled by diet.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
fever with rash, swollen lymph nodes or swelling of the face
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
signs and symptoms of infection like fever or chills, cough, or sore throat
signs and symptoms of muscle injury like dark urine, trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine, unusually weak or tired, muscle pain, or side or back pain
yellowing of the eyes or skin
What may interact with this medicine?
This medicine may interact with the following medications:
bile acid resins like cholestyramine, colesevelam, and colestipol
certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin
certain medicines for diabetes, like glipizide or glyburide
certain medicines that suppress the body's immune response like cyclosporine and tacrolimus
certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
supplements like red yeast rice
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to fenofibrate, gemfibrozil, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your blood fat levels and other tests will be measured from time to time. Do not stop taking this medicine except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
This medicine is only part of a total cholesterol-lowering program. Your health care professional or dietician can suggest a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet that will reduce your risk of getting heart and blood vessel disease. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule.
If you are diabetic, close regulation and monitoring of your blood sugars can help your blood fat levels. This medicine may change the way your diabetic medicine works, and sometimes will require that your dosages be adjusted. Check with your doctor or health care professional.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
July 17, 2018