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Fenofibric acid tablets

What is this medicine?

FENOFIBRIC ACID (fen o FI brik AS id) can help lower blood fats and cholesterol in the blood. Diet and lifestyle changes are often used with this drug. 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. You can take this medicine with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. You should be on a low fat and low cholesterol diet while you take this medicine. 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

  • dark urine

  • fever

  • lower back or side pain

  • muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness

  • skin-bruising

  • stomach pain

  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • headache

  • nausea

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

  • colchicine

  • ezetimibe

  • 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). 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:

  • gallbladder disease

  • heart disease

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to fenofibric acid, fenofibrate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your blood fats and other tests will be measured from time to time.

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 medication 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.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2017 Elsevier