Acipimox

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Generic Name: Acipimox Brand Name(s): Acipimox.

Uses

What is acipimox used for?

Acipimox is commonly used for lowering high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood (hyperlipidaemia). This medicine is used when a low-fat diet and lifestyle changes such as increased exercise have not reduced cholesterol enough.

How should I take acipimox?

You will usually need to take this medicine every day on a long-term basis (unless otherwise directed by your doctor). This is because if you stop taking it, your cholesterol and triglyceride levels are likely to rise again.

It should be taken with or after a meal. The capsules should be swallowed with a drink of water.

Try to take your capsules at the same times each day, as this will help you to remember to take them. If you do forget to take a dose, take it with food as soon as you remember.

How do I store acipimox?

Acipimox is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store acipimox in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of acipimox that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush acipimox down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using acipimox?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of acipimox or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Use with caution in people with mild to moderately decreased kidney function.

Not to be used in:

  • People with severely decreased kidney function
  • Peptic ulcer

If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using acipimox during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking acipimox.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from acipimox?

Very common side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Indigestion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling weak
  • Hives

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with acipimox?

Acipimox may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with acipimox?

Acipimox may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with acipimox?

Acipimox may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using acipimox.

 What is the dose of acipimox for an adult?

The usual dose of acipimox is one capsule taken two or three times a day. Follow the instructions given by your doctor. These will also be printed on the dispensing label that your pharmacist has put on the packet of medicine.

What is the dose of acipimox for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is acipimox available?

Acipimox is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Capsules

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of acipimox, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: September 13, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2017

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