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.
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. Do not cut, crush or chew 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.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
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
fever with rash, swollen lymph nodes, or swelling of the face
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
signs and symptoms of infection like fever or chills, cough, or sore throat
signs and symptoms of muscle injury like dark urine, trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine, unusually weak or tired, muscle pain, or side or back pain
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):
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
supplements like red yeast rice
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.
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.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to fenofibric acid, fenofibrate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
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.