CIP - fenofibrate

Pronunciation

Generic Name: fenofibrate (FEN-oh-FYE-brate)
Brand Name: Examples include Antara and Lipofen

CIP - fenofibrate 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.

CIP - fenofibrate 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 CIP - fenofibrate if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in CIP - fenofibrate or to fenofibric acid
  • you have gallbladder problems, liver problems (eg, cirrhosis, hepatitis), or persistent 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.

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Before using CIP - fenofibrate:

Some medical conditions may interact with CIP - fenofibrate. 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, an underactive thyroid, heart problems (eg, heart blood vessel problems), gallbladder problems (eg, gallstones), pancreatitis, kidney or liver problems, or muscle problems
  • if you have a history of blood clots in your veins (deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism)
  • if you are very overweight, have an inactive lifestyle, have a poor diet, or you drink alcohol or have a history of alcohol abuse
  • if you have trouble swallowing
  • if you are taking a beta-blocker (eg, propranolol), estrogen, or thiazide diuretic (eg, hydrochlorothiazide)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with CIP - fenofibrate. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Colchicine or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) (eg, simvastatin) because the risk of serious muscle problems 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) because they may increase the risk of CIP - fenofibrate's side effects. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if any of your medicines might harm the kidney
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by CIP - fenofibrate

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if CIP - fenofibrate 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 CIP - fenofibrate:

Use CIP - fenofibrate as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Some brands of CIP - fenofibrate should be taken with food. Some brands may be taken with or without food. Ask your pharmacist if you should take your brand of CIP - fenofibrate with food.
  • Swallow CIP - fenofibrate whole. Do not open, crush, dissolve, or chew before swallowing. If you cannot swallow CIP - fenofibrate whole, tell your doctor. You may need a different medicine.
  • Take CIP - fenofibrate with a full glass of water (8 oz [240 mL]).
  • 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 CIP - fenofibrate. Check with your doctor if you have any questions.
  • Take CIP - fenofibrate on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
  • Taking CIP - fenofibrate at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
  • Continue to take CIP - fenofibrate even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of CIP - fenofibrate, 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.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use CIP - fenofibrate.

Important safety information:

  • CIP - fenofibrate may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use CIP - fenofibrate with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose, change your dose, or stop taking CIP - fenofibrate without checking with your doctor.
  • Follow the diet, exercise, and weight loss program given to you by your health care provider.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take CIP - fenofibrate before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Muscle problems (myopathy) may occur with CIP - fenofibrate. The risk of muscle problems may be greater in elderly patients and in people who have kidney problems or low thyroid function. It may also be greater in those who take CIP - fenofibrate with certain other medicines (eg, colchicine; HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors [statins], such as simvastatin). Tell your doctor right away if you notice any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, 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 CIP - fenofibrate. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use CIP - fenofibrate with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially muscle problems.
  • CIP - fenofibrate 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 CIP - fenofibrate can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant or plan to become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using CIP - fenofibrate while you are pregnant. It is not known if CIP - fenofibrate is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking CIP - fenofibrate.

Possible side effects of CIP - fenofibrate:

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; constipation; headache; nausea; runny or stuffy nose.

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 or leg pain, swelling, redness, or tenderness; chest pain; coughing up blood; dark urine; decreased urination; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; loss of appetite; muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness (especially along with fever or unusual tiredness); pale stools; red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin; severe or persistent headache or dizziness; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; shortness of breath; stomach pain; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; 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. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of CIP - fenofibrate:

Store CIP - fenofibrate at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep CIP - fenofibrate out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about CIP - fenofibrate, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • CIP - fenofibrate 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.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take CIP - fenofibrate or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about CIP - fenofibrate. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to CIP - fenofibrate. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using CIP - fenofibrate.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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