What condition does Fenofibrate treat?
Fenofibrate is used to help lower bad cholesterol and fats. This will also help to raise good cholesterol in the blood. Lowering some bad cholesterol in the body may lessen the risk of pancreas disease. This medication is usually used along with a proper diet.
In addition to a proper diet and other lifestyle changes that may help this medication work better. A proper diet may be losing weight if overweight, exercising, and stopping smoking.
Fenofibrate belongs to the class of medications called fibric acid derivatives. This comes as a capsule to be administered orally. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.
How does Fenofibrate work?
Fenofibrate works by increasing the removal and breakdown of bad cholesterol from your body. This helps lessen the risk of cholesterol building up in your blood vessels. That it might cause serious health problems, such as stroke or heart attack.
What is the recommended dosage for Fenofibrate?
The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Remember to take it at the same time each day. Do not use more than the prescription.
Fenofibrate is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. It is usually taken once a day. You may take it with or without food or as directed by your doctor. Take each dose exactly as it is prescribed.
It is very important to follow the advice of your doctor about diet and exercise. It may take up to 2 months before you get the full effect of this medication.
What are the side effects of Fenofibrate?
Common side effects:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Stomach pain
- Back pain
Inform your doctor if these serious side effects occur:
- Severe stomach or abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Easy bruising
- Unusual bleeding
- Sudden cough
- Chest pain
- Wheezing rapid breathing
- Coughing up blood
- Yellowing of eyes or skin
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
What are the precautions in taking Fenofibrate?
- Tell your doctor if you are allergic to this drug or you have any other allergies such as in food or medicine. Tell also if you have any medical history or current medications.
- Call for medical help if there are signs of an allergic reaction such as hives or difficulty breathing.
- Fenofibrate might cause the breakdown of muscle tissue which could lead to kidney failure. Contact your doctor immediately if you have unexplained muscle tenderness, pain, or weakness especially if you also have unusual tiredness, fever, or dark urine.
- You should not take this medicine if you have gallbladder disease, liver disease, or severe kidney disease.
- This may not be prescribed for pregnant women and breastfeeding women. Talk to your doctor first.
- This prescription is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
- Avoid drinking alcohol. It could increase levels of triglyceride and might increase your risk of liver damage while having this treatment.
- Avoid taking foods high in cholesterol or fat, or this medicine will not be as effective.
- Keep this far from the reach of children.