Fenofibric Acid (fen-oh-FYE-brik AS-id)
Used together with proper diet to increase good cholesterol, and lower high levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to fenofibric acid, are a nursing mother, or if you have severe kidney disease, liver disease, or a history of gallbladder disease.
How to Use This Medicine
Tablet, Delayed Release Capsule
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- You may take this medicine with or without food.
- Swallow the delayed-release capsule whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
- Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet. Your doctor may want you to exercise and to control your weight as part of your treatment.
- If you also take another medicine called a statin, you may take fenofibric acid and the statin at the same time each day.
- This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Ask your pharmacist for the Medication Guide if you do not have one. Your doctor might ask you to sign some forms to show that you understand this information.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using cyclosporine (Gengraf®, Neoral®, Sandimmune®), or a blood thinner (such as warfarin, Coumadin®).
- Tell your doctor if you also use cholestyramine (Questran®), colestipol (Colestid®), or colesevelam (Welchol®). You must take this medicine at least 1 hour before or 4 to 6 hours after taking any of these other medicines.
- Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are using this medicine.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or if you have diabetes, thyroid problems, a blood disease, blood clotting problems, heart disease, or a history of gallstones.
- Check with your doctor right away if you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if it is accompanied by unusual tiredness or fever. These may be symptoms of a muscle condition called rhabdomyolysis, which can lead to serious kidney problems.
- Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Blistering, peeling, or red skin rash.
- Change in how much or how often you urinate.
- Chest pain, dizziness, slow or fast heartbeat.
- Dark-colored urine or pale stools.
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
- Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness.
- Sudden and severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, and lightheadedness.
- Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Back pain, joint pain.
- Constipation, diarrhea, or stomach upset.
- Stuffy or runny nose.
- Trouble sleeping.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Review Date: 2011-02-04