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In this leaflet
1 What Fenofibrate capsules are
and what they are used for
2 Before you take
3 How to take
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store
6 Further information

1 What Fenofibrate capsules are and what
they are used for

Fenofibrate capsules belong to a group of medicines,
commonly known as fibrates. These medicines are used to
lower the level of fats (lipids) in the blood. For example the
fats known as triglycerides. Fenofibrate capsules are used,
alongside a low fat diet and other non-medical treatments
such as exercise and weight loss, to lower levels of fats in
the blood. Fenofibrate capsules can be used in addition
to other medicines (statins) in some circumstances when
levels of fats in the blood are not controlled with a statin

2 Before you take

Do not take Fenofibrate capsules and tell your
doctor if you:

• are allergic (hypersensitive) to fenofibrate or any of the
other ingredients in the capsules (see section 6).
• have developed a sensitivity to sunlight or artificial
light (e.g. sunbeds) when taking fibrates (e.g.
fenofibrate or bezafibrate) or ketoprofen (used for
muscle and bone disorders, gout or period pain).
• have severely impaired liver or kidney function.
• have problems with your pancreas.
• have gallbladder or liver disease.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before
taking Fenofibrate capsules if you:

• have or have had impaired kidney function.
• have severely increased levels of a type
of fat (triglycerides) in the blood (severe
hypertriglyceridaemia) (seen in a blood test).
• have any of the following which may increase the risk of
you developing abnormal muscle breakdown:
- impaired kidney function
- an underactive thyroid
- a high alcohol intake
- are over 70 years old
- have had or have a family member with a history of
hereditary muscular disorders.
• have decreased levels of a certain protein in the blood
(hypoalbuminaemia) (seen in a blood test).
• are already taking a fibrate (e.g. bezafibrate) or a
statin (e.g. atorvastatin), especially if you have muscle
• have poorly controlled diabetes mellitus (type II).
•  have nephrotic syndrome characterised by large
amounts of protein in the urine, water retention and
increased levels of fats in the blood.
• have a condition which effects the amount of
protein in the blood (dysproteinemia).
• have obstructive liver disease.
• are taking medicines which may effect fat
metabolism (e.g. thiazides, beta blockers,
corticosteroids or antiretrovirals).

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking
or have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription. Especially:
• oral anti-coagulants e.g.warfarin (used to prevent blood
• statins e.g. atorvastatin (used to lower cholesterol).
• ciclosporin (used to suppress the immune system).
• phenylbutazone (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
• other fibrates e.g. bezafibrate (used to lower cholesterol
and other fats (lipids) in the blood).
• oestrogen or medicines which contain oestrogen

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Fenofibrate capsules should not be used if you are
pregnant or breast-feeding. Speak to your doctor before
taking any medicine.

Sugar intolerance

If you have been told you have an intolerance to some
sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine, as
it contains a type of sugar called lactose.
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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor
or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not
pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.


210mm +/- 0.5mm to centre line of next eye mark


Fenofibrate 67mg capsules

Ingredient warning

Fenofibrate capsules contain sunset yellow (E110) which
may cause allergic reactions.


Your doctor may want to carry out tests to monitor the
levels of certain enzymes within your body.

3 How to take

Always take Fenofibrate capsules exactly as your doctor
has told you. If you are not sure, check with your doctor
or pharmacist.
Swallow the capsules whole with water during a meal.
Adults (including the elderly)
Three capsules a day, taken in divided doses. Your doctor
will monitor your response to the treatment.
One capsule a day per 20kg of bodyweight.
Impaired kidney function
If you have impaired kidney function, your doctor may
prescribe you a lower dose.

If you take more than you should

If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of capsules at the
same time, or you think a child may have swallowed any
contact your nearest hospital casualty department or tell
your doctor immediately.

If you forget to take the capsules

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten
dose. If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as you
remember it and then take the next dose at the right time.

4 Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Fenofibrate capsules can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking Fenofibrate capsules and tell your doctor
immediately if you develop:
• Muscle poisoning: muscle pain, breakdown,
inflammation, cramps or weakness, increase in the
levels of a certain enzyme within the body (seen in a
blood test).

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side
effects or notice any other effects not listed:

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If you notice increased bruising, nosebleeds, sore throats,
infections, excessive tiredness, breathlessness on exertion
or abnormal paleness of the skin, you should tell your
doctor who may want you to have a blood test.
Very rare (occuring in less than 1 in 10,000 users):
Lung disease (interstitial pneumopathies), inflammation
of the liver (hepatitis) causing yellowing of the skin or
whites of the eyes (jaundice) or tiredness, development of
gallstones, abnormal muscle breakdown which can lead
to kidney problems (rhabdomyolysis).
If you notice any side effects, they get worse, or if you
notice any not listed, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

5 How to store

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
Store in the original package.
Do not use Fenofibrate capsules after the expiry date
stated on the label/carton/bottle. The expiry date refers to
the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.

6 Further information

What Fenofibrate capsules contain

• The active substance (the ingredient that makes the
capsules work) is micronised fenofibrate. Each capsule
contains 67mg of the active substance.
• The other ingredients are lactose monohydrate,
pregelatinised starch, sodium lauryl sulphate, povidone,
magnesium stearate, gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171),
quinolone yellow (E104), sunset yellow (E110).

What Fenofibrate capsules look like and
contents of the pack

Fenofibrate capsules are yellow, hard, gelatine capsules.
Pack size is 90.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in May 2011

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01271 311257.

Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK


Common (occuring in less than 1 in 10 users):
Headache, tiredness, spinning sensation, stomach or
intestine disorders such as feeling or being sick, stomach
pains, diarrhoea and wind. Skin rash, itching, a skin rash
with pale or red irregular raised patches with severe
itching, sensitivity to sunlight or artificial light (e.g. sun
beds) which may include reddening of the skin, blisters
or lumps.

Rare (occuring in less than 1 in 1,000 users):
Disorder of the nerves causing weakness, tingling and
numbness (peripheral neuropathy), hair loss, increase
in blood levels of creatinine and urea, loss of sex drive,
decreased levels of haemoglobin and white blood cells.


Contact your doctor immediately if you develop:
• An allergic reaction: swelling of the face, lips, tongue
or throat, itchy skin rash, narrowing of the airways
causing difficulty breathing or swallowing.
• Hepatitis: yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
(jaundice), itching.

Uncommon (occuring in less than 1 in 100 users):
Increased levels of a certain enzyme within the body (seen
in a test), muscle toxicity (muscle pain, inflammation,
cramps and weakness), blood clotting, inflammation of
the pancreas causing stomach and back pain.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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