- Generic drugs are chemically identical to brand-name drugs in terms of active ingredient(s), intended use, quality, dosage, safety, bioavailability and effectiveness.
- Generic drugs are cheaper than brand-name drugs.
What is Generic for Lopid* used for?
Generic for Lopid* (Gemfibrozil) is a cholesterol-regulating medication used to lower the levels of triglycerides in people with pancreatitis. Gemfibrozil 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 Generic for Lopid*?
The dosage of Generic for Lopid* 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 Generic for Lopid*. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.
Generic for Lopid* is usually taken 30 minutes before a meal, preferably in the morning and evening.
What if you miss a dose of Generic for Lopid*?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Generic for Lopid* 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 Generic for Lopid*?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Generic for Lopid*, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Generic for Lopid*?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Generic for Lopid*.
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 Generic for Lopid*, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Generic for Lopid* 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 Generic for Lopid*?
Like other medicines, Generic for Lopid* can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Generic for Lopid* 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 Generic for Lopid* cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Generic for Lopid* develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Generic for Lopid* 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 Generic for Lopid*.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Lopid*?
Is it possible for me to take Generic for Lopid* with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Generic for Lopid*?
What are the possible drug interactions of Generic for Lopid*?
How will Generic for Lopid* work in my body?
How should Generic for Lopid* be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Generic for Lopid* 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 Generic for Lopid* is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.