What is Lipanthyl® (Fenofibrate) used for?
Lipanthyl® is commonly used for treating high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels. It may be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
How should I take Lipanthyl® (Fenofibrate)?
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food, swallow whole.
How do I store Lipanthyl® (Fenofibrate)?
Lipanthyl® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Lipanthyl® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Lipanthyl® 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 Lipanthyl® 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 Lipanthyl® (Fenofibrate)?
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, 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 Lipanthyl® or other medications.
- You have liver disease, severe kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis), gallbladder disease.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
here are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Lipanthyl® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Lipanthyl®. Lipanthyl® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk;
- B=No risk in some studies;
- C=There may be some risk;
- D=Positive evidence of risk;
What side effects can occur from Lipanthyl® (Fenofibrate)?
Lipanthyl® may cause these side effects, such as:
- Chills or fever;
- Skin rash;
- Muscle aches and pains;
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Chronic indigestion;
- Dark urine;
- Muscle cramps;
- Troubled breathing, unusual bleeding or bruising;
- Unusual tiredness;
- Yellow eyes or skin.
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.
What drugs may interact with Lipanthyl® (Fenofibrate)?
Lipanthyl® 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.
- Taking Lipanthyl® with oral anticoagulants may enhance the oral anticoagulant effect and may increase the risk of bleeding.
- Taking Lipanthyl® with cyclosporine may cause some severe cases of reversible renal function impairment.
- Taking Lipanthyl® with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and other fibrates may increase the risk of serious muscle.
Does food or alcohol interact with Lipanthyl® (Fenofibrate)?
Lipanthyl® 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 Lipanthyl® (Fenofibrate)?
Lipanthyl® 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, such as:
- Liver disease;
- Severe kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
- Gallbladder disease.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.
What is the dose of Lipanthyl® (Fenofibrate) for an adult?
1 tab (145 mg) once daily. Patients currently taking Lipanthyl® one 200-mg cap or one 160-mg tab can be changed to one 145-mg tab without further dose adjustment.
What is the dose of Lipanthyl® (Fenofibrate) for a child?
The use of the 145-mg tab is contraindicated in children.
How is Lipanthyl® (Fenofibrate) available?
Lipanthyl® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Lipanthyl® capsule 67 mg; 200 mg.
- Lipanthyl® film-coated tablet 145 mg.
- Lipanthyl® film-coated tablet 160 mg.
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Lipanthyl®, 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.
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