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Fenofibrate

Molecule Description

Fenofibrate is a medicine from fibrate class. It is used to treat high cholester...
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    Uses
    Contraindications
    Side effects
    Precautions and Warnings
    Mode of Action
    Interactions
    Dietary Restrictions
    Dosage
    FAQs
    References
uses

Uses of Fenofibrate

Increasing the amount of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (‘good’ type of cholesterol)
contraindications

Contraindications of Fenofibrate

When should one not use Fenofibrate

  • Do not take if you:
  • Are allergic to Fenofibrate or any ingredient of this medicine
  • Have severe kidney or liver disease
  • Have swelling in pancreas
  • Have gallbladder disease
sideEffects

Side effects of Fenofibrate

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Stomach pain
  • Wind (flatulence)
  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Being sick (vomiting)
  • Raised levels of liver enzymes in the blood – shown in tests
  • Headache
  • Chest pain and feeling breathless
  • Diarrhea
  • Gallbladder stones
  • Rash, itching, hives
  • Inflammation of pancreas
  • Hair loss
  • Blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis)
  • Yellowing of skin
  • Abnormal muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis)
precautionsAndWarnings

Precautions and Warnings of Fenofibrate

pregnancy

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Fenofibrate during pregnancy?
A:
No studies are available on the safety of this medicine in pregnant women. Hence, it is better to avoid the same in pregnancy.
breastfeeding

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Fenofibrate while breastfeeding?
A:
Fenofibrate can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not breastfeed while taking this medicine.
driving

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have consumed Fenofibrate?
A:
No influence on the ability to drive.
alcohol

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Fenofibrate?
A:
Alcohol consumption with Fenofibrate may increase the risk of liver damage. Avoid alcohol while on this treatment.
otherGeneralWarnings

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have heart, liver, thyroid or kidney problems
  • You have muscle aches or pains or family history of muscle problems
  • In the past, you had muscular problems during treatment with other cholesterol-lowering medicines
  • You are over 70 years old
  • You are taking medicines for lowering cholesterol levels
modeOfAction

Mode of Action of Fenofibrate

How Does It Work?

Fenofibrate inhibits triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL levels). Addiotionally, it increases the good cholesterol (HDL levels), also known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels.
interactions

Interactions of Fenofibrate

Interactions with other medicines

  • Anticoagulants to thin your blood
  • Other medicines used for controlling the fat levels in the blood
  • A particular class of medicines to treat diabetes
  • Ciclosporin (used to suppress your immune system)

Interactions with food items

No information is available on interactions of Fenofibrate when taken with food, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.
dietaryRestrictions

Dietary Restrictions of Fenofibrate

Avoid oily food and food rich in carbohydrates should be consumed less.
dosage

Dosage of Fenofibrate

Overdose

Symptoms of an overdose of this medicine can include headache, nausea, muscle pain, diarrhea and the common cold. Seek emergency medical care immediately.

Missed a Dose

Do not take a double dose if you have missed the dose; take the next dose as soon as you remember.

Content Details

WRITTEN BY
REVIEWED BY
doctor

Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking this drug?

A: Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history. Show all your previous and recent blood reports to your doctor. Also, mention to your doctor all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal preparations and nutritional supplements that you may be taking before starting this medication.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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