What is Gemfibrozil used for?
Gemfibrozil is a cholesterol-regulating medication used to lower the levels of triglycerides in people with pancreatitis. It helps reduce very high blood cholesterol levels in people who have not responded to diet and exercise. This medicine can also be used to decrease very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and increase high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (“good” cholesterol). It is prescribed to prevent coronary heart disease as well. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Gemfibrozil?
The dosage of Gemfibrozil prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Gemfibrozil. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.
Gemfibrozil is usually taken 30 minutes before a meal, preferably in the morning and evening.
What if you miss a dose of Gemfibrozil?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Gemfibrozil medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Gemfibrozil?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Gemfibrozil, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Gemfibrozil?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Gemfibrozil.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Gemfibrozil, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Gemfibrozil can interact with the statin family of cholesterol-reducing medications.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Gemfibrozil?
Like other medicines, Gemfibrozil can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Gemfibrozil are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Gemfibrozil cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Gemfibrozil develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Gemfibrozil can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling, blurred vision, and unusual taste in your mouth. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Gemfibrozil.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Gemfibrozil?
Is it possible for me to take Gemfibrozil with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Gemfibrozil?
What are the possible drug interactions of Gemfibrozil?
How will Gemfibrozil work in my body?
How should Gemfibrozil be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Gemfibrozil drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Gemfibrozil is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.