Fibricor Generic Name: Fenofibric Acid
(FEN-oh-FYE-bric AS-id)Brand Name:
Fibricor is used for:
Lowering high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. It also increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL, "good") cholesterol levels. It is used along with an appropriate diet. It may also be used in combination with other cholesterol-lowering medicines.
Fibricor is a lipid-lowering agent. It works by increasing a certain substance that helps to remove triglycerides from the blood. This also helps the body to decrease the amount of other bad cholesterol in the blood.
Do NOT use Fibricor if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Fibricor or to fenofibrate
- you have gallbladder problems, liver problems (including cirrhosis) or unexplained abnormal liver function tests
- you have severe kidney problems or are receiving dialysis
- you are breast-feeding
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Fibricor :
Some medical conditions may interact with Fibricor . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines or other substances
- if you have a history of diabetes, underactive thyroid, heart problems (eg, heart blood vessel problems), gallstones, pancreatitis, kidney or liver problems, or certain muscle problems (myopathy)
- if you have a history of blood clots in your veins or lungs (deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism)
- if you are very overweight, have an inactive lifestyle, or you drink large amounts of alcohol
- if you are taking a beta-blocker (eg, propranolol), estrogen, or thiazide diuretic (eg, hydrochlorothiazide)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Fibricor . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (eg, simvastatin) because the risk of serious muscle problems leading to kidney failure may be increased
- Immunosuppressants (eg, cyclosporine) or other medicines that may harm the kidney (eg, aminoglycoside antibiotics [eg, gentamicin], amphotericin B, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs] [eg, ibuprofen], tacrolimus, vancomycin), or probenecid because they may increase the risk of Fibricor 's side effects
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Fibricor
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Fibricor may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Fibricor :
Use Fibricor as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Fibricor by mouth with or without food.
- If you also take a bile acid-binding resin (eg, cholestyramine), do not take it within 4 to 6 hours before or 1 hour after taking Fibricor . Check with your doctor if you have any questions.
- Fibricor is most effective when used with a diet that reduces the intake of cholesterol and saturated fats, and an exercise program.
- Take Fibricor on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Taking Fibricor at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
- Continue to take Fibricor even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of Fibricor , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once. Do not take more than 1 dose of Fibricor in the same day unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Fibricor .
Important safety information:
- Fibricor may cause dizziness or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Fibricor with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Follow the diet, exercise, and weight loss program given to you by your health care provider.
- Do NOT take more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
- Report any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness to your doctor right away, especially if you also have a fever or general body discomfort.
- Lab tests, including liver function, kidney function, blood cholesterol, and complete blood cell counts, may be performed while you use Fibricor . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use Fibricor with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially severe muscle problems.
- Fibricor should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Fibricor can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Fibricor while you are pregnant. It is not known if Fibricor is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Fibricor .
Possible side effects of Fibricor :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Back pain; headache; stomach pain.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); calf pain, swelling, or tenderness; chest pain; coughing up blood; dark urine; decrease in the amount of urine produced; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness (especially along with fever or unusual tiredness); pale stools; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, or lightheadedness; severe or persistent nausea, stomach pain, or vomiting; shortness of breath; unusual bruising or bleeding; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Fibricor :
Store Fibricor between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Fibricor out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Fibricor , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Fibricor is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Fibricor . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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