So, just so I'm clear ... The instruction to take Gemfibrozil 30 minutes before eating is not because it is blocking anything during digestion (preventing fat absorption, or something) -- but just so that you'll have an empty stomach when you take it; right? I could conceivably take my first pill at 8 in the morning and not eat lunch until noon; then take the second pill a couple of hours after I eat dinner, with no plans to eat again that night. Is that right?
You don't quite get medical speak. Take 30 min before morning and evening meal means just that. Take at least 30 min before meals would mean any time as long as you take them at least30 min before would mean what you said. There is a reason it's to be that way, usually because they found it changed the absorption.
According to my PCP, you should take it 30 min before a meal because prepares your body to block the absorption of fats/cholesterol, etc. So I would think no matter your schedule take it at the first and last meals. I forget to take it ahead of time quite often and was told to just take it WITH the meal if that were the case.
- Gemfibrozil Information for Consumers
- Gemfibrozil Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gemfibrozil (detailed)
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