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Drugs reference index «Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules»

Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules

Generic Name: Fenofibric Acid (FEN-oh-FYE-bric AS-id)Brand Name: Trilipix

Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules are used for:

Lowering high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. It also increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL, "good") cholesterol levels. It is used along with an appropriate diet. It may also be used in combination with other cholesterol-lowering medicines.

Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules are a lipid-lowering agent. It works by increasing a certain substance that helps to remove triglycerides from the blood. This also helps the body to decrease the amount of other bad cholesterol in the blood.

Do NOT use Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules or to fenofibrate
  • you have gallbladder problems or liver problems (including cirrhosis)
  • you have severe kidney problems or are receiving dialysis
  • you are breast-feeding

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules:

Some medical conditions may interact with Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines or other substances
  • if you have a history of diabetes, underactive thyroid, heart problems (eg, heart blood vessel problems), gallstones, pancreatitis, kidney problems, or certain muscle problems (myopathy)
  • if you have a history of blood clots in your veins or lungs (deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism)
  • if you are very overweight, have an inactive lifestyle, or you drink large amounts of alcohol
  • if you are taking a beta-blocker (eg, propranolol), estrogen, or thiazide diuretic (eg, hydrochlorothiazide)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (eg, simvastatin) because the risk of serious muscle problems leading to kidney failure may be increased
  • Immunosuppressants (eg, cyclosporine) or other medicines that may harm the kidney (eg, aminoglycoside antibiotics [eg, gentamicin], amphotericin B, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs] [eg, ibuprofen], tacrolimus, vancomycin) because they may increase the risk of Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules's side effects
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or a sulfonylurea (eg, glimepiride) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules may interact with other medicines that you take.

Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules:

Use Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules refilled.
  • Take Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules by mouth with or without food.
  • Swallow Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules whole. Do not break, crush, chew, or dissolve before swallowing.
  • If you also take a bile acid-binding resin (eg, cholestyramine), do not take it within 4 to 6 hours before or 1 hour after taking Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules. Check with your doctor if you have any questions.
  • Take Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Taking Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
  • Continue to take Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once. Do not take more than 1 dose of Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules in the same day unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules.

Important safety information:

  • Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules may cause dizziness or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Follow the diet, exercise, and weight loss program given to you by your health care provider.
  • Lab tests, including liver function, kidney function, blood cholesterol, and other blood tests, may be performed while you use Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially severe muscle problems.
  • Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules while you are pregnant. It is not known if Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules are found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules.

Possible side effects of Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Back pain; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; nausea; sore throat; stomach upset; upper respiratory tract infection.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); calf pain, swelling, or tenderness; chest pain; coughing up blood; dark urine; decrease in amount of urine produced; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness (especially along with fever or unusual tiredness); pale stools; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, or lightheadedness; severe or persistent nausea, stomach pain, or vomiting; shortness of breath; unusual bruising or bleeding; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules:

Store Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Fenofibric Acid Delayed-Release Capsules. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.