Fibricor is a lipid-lowering drug used together with a proper diet to treat elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. This may help prevent the development of pancreatitis caused by high levels of triglycerides in the blood.
This drug requires a prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before using Fibricor, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider.
Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.
Studies in children regarding the correlation of age to the effects of fenofibric acid have not been performed while safety and efficacy have not been established.
Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the utility of fenofibric acid.
Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women and animals are still inadequate.
Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding. Discuss with your healthcare professional about potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding.
Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.
Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as:
Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as blood clotting problems, heart disease, muscle pain or tenderness, muscle weakness, diabetes, hypothyroidism, kidney problems, gallbladder disease, kidney or liver disease.
To use Fibricor correctly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. To prevent any side effects, take this drug exactly as directed in the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional. You may be advised to have a diet low in fat, sugar, and cholesterol.
Swallow the delayed-release capsule whole and do not open, crush, break, or chew it. You can take this drug with or without food. This drug will only control your elevated cholesterol problem.
Take this drug at least 1 hour before or 4 to 6 hours after you take cholestyramine, colesevelam, or colestipol. The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed.
The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.
Adults with high triglycerides are initially given 45 to 135 milligrams once a day. Your healthcare professional may adjust your dose if needed.
Use and dose in children must be determined by your healthcare professional.
Adults with mixed dyslipidemia or primary hypercholesterolemia are given 135 milligrams once a day. Use and dose in children must be determined by your healthcare professional.
A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.
Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.
4 Precautions to Take
In using Fibricor, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor.
Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness and unwanted effects of the drug. Unwanted effects can be screened using blood and urines tests.
Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have unusual tiredness or a fever. These could be symptoms of a serious muscle problem called myopathy.
Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you have dark-colored urine, diarrhea, a fever, muscle cramps or spasms, muscle pain or stiffness, or feel very tired or weak. These could be symptoms of a serious muscle problem called Rhabdomyolysis, which can cause kidney problems.
This drug may increase your risk of gallstones. Call your healthcare professional immediately if you have severe stomach pain with nausea and vomiting. Pancreatitis may occur while you are using this drug.
Inform your healthcare professional immediately if you have sudden and severe stomach pain, chills, constipation, nausea, vomiting, fever, or lightheadedness. Serious skin reactions can occur with this drug. Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you have blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin, red skin lesions, severe acne or skin rash, sores or ulcers on the skin, or fever or chills while you are using this drug.
Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you have signs of a fever, chills, cough, sore throat, unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness. These could be symptoms of an infection resulting from low white blood cell counts, which may be caused by this drug.
Do not stop taking this drug without first checking with your healthcare professional. When you stop taking this drug, your blood fat levels may increase again. Your healthcare professional may want you to follow a special diet to help prevent that.
Check with your healthcare professional before taking any other prescription or non-prescription drugs, and herbal or vitamin supplements.
5 Potential Side Effects
As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Fibricor. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.
Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as:
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear.
Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects persists, or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional.
Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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