- Niacin(Nicotinic Acid)
What does Fenofibrate treat?
Fenofibrate belongs to the class of drugs called fibrates and is prescribed to bring down levels of cholesterol (lipids) and triglycerides in the blood. It reduces the bad cholesterol levels namely LDL and this cuts down the risk of atherosclerosis. This is usually prescribed for patients for whom both diet and exercise have not worked. This medication must be coupled with a proper diet and exercise. Your physician may prescribe this to treat other conditions too.
Follow the Fenofibrate dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms that you may encounter are drowsiness, sweating, breathing problems, hypothermia and hypotension.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Fenofibrate is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Fenofibrate.
It may interact with:
It may also interact with anticoagulant medicines, anti-diabetic medicines, blood thinners and other cholesterol-lowering medicines. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Fenofibrate might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could be diarrhea, headache, unusual tiredness, rash, joint pain, sexual problems, gas, indigestion and hair loss. Serious side effects of this medication are rare but may include abnormal muscle pain, fever, unusual weakness, severe abdominal pain, dark urine, hives and swelling of your face, lips, or tongue. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Fenofibrate
- Can I take Fenofibrate along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Fenofibrate?
- What is the dosage of Fenofibrate to be consumed?
- How should I use Fenofibrate?
- How will Fenofibrate work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Fenofibrate be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Fenofibrate is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.