What is Lipicard® (fenofibrate) used for?
Lipicard® is used along with a special diet, to treat people with very high levels of triglycerides (a fatty substance in the blood) and to improve cholesterol levels by lowering total cholesterol – including “bad” LDL cholesterol – and raising “good” HDL cholesterol. It works by promoting the dissolution and elimination of fat particles in the blood.
Lipicard® is usually added to a treatment regimen only when other measures have failed to produce adequate results. Often, diet and exercise are enough to bring blood fats under control. Likewise, it’s sometimes sufficient to simply treat an underlying problem such as diabetes, underactive thyroid, kidney disease, liver dysfunction, or alcoholism.
And in some cases, just discontinuing a medication is enough to do the job. For instance, certain water pills and “beta-blocker” heart medications are capable of causing a massive increase in triglyceride levels. Estrogen replacement therapy is another potential culprit.
How should I take Lipicard® (fenofibrate)?
The medication can be taken with or without food but should be taken with a full glass of water. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage as it will depend on the patient condition and their response to the therapy.
The tablets should be swallowed whole and not broken, split or crushed before consuming. Do not discontinue the medication without consulting a doctor, even if you feel well, as most people with high cholesterol do not feel sick.
How do I store Lipicard® (fenofibrate)?
Lipicard® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Lipicard® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Lipicard® 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 Lipicard® 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 Lipicard® (fenofibrate)?
You should avoid Lipicard® if it gives you an allergic reaction.
Lipicard® has the potential to cause gallstones. Your physician will discontinue the drug if gallstones develop. It may also affect liver function. Your physician should perform periodic blood tests to monitor the health of your liver.
Pregnancy tests have not been conducted in humans, but high doses of Lipicard® have proven harmful in animal studies. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your physician immediately.
Lipicard® should not be used in nursing mothers. If this drug is essential to your health, your physician will advise you to stop nursing your baby.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Lipicard® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Lipicard®. Lipicard® 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 Lipicard® (fenofibrate)?
Patients using Lipicard® may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Stomach pain
- Back pain
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persists or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Muscle pain or weakness
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Signs of infection
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
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 Lipicard® (fenofibrate)?
Lipicard® 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.
Especially if you are taking blood thinners, cyclosporine, or statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs).
Does food or alcohol interact with Lipicard® (fenofibrate)?
Lipicard® 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 Lipicard® (fenofibrate)?
Lipicard® 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.
These health conditions may include:
- Liver or gallbladder disease
- Severe kidney problems
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Lipicard® (fenofibrate).
What is the dose of Lipicard® (fenofibrate) for an adult?
High cholesterol levels or a combination of high cholesterol and high triglycerides:
The initial dose is 160mg per day.
High triglyceride levels:
The starting dose ranges from 54 to 160mg per day. The usual starting dose is 67mg a day. Your physician may increase the dose every 4 to 8 weeks if your triglycerides do not improve. The maximum dose is 160mg a day.
The starting dose for older adults and those with poor kidney function is 54mg per day.
What is the dose of Lipicard® (fenofibrate) 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 Lipicard® (fenofibrate) available?
Lipicard® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Film-coated tab 160mg
- Film-coated tab 200mg
- Capsule 200mg
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 Lipicard®, 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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