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Antara Side Effects

Generic Name: fenofibrate

Note: This document contains side effect information about fenofibrate. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Antara.

For the Consumer

Applies to fenofibrate: oral capsule, oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, fenofibrate (the active ingredient contained in Antara) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking fenofibrate:

Less Common

Rare

  • Chronic indigestion
  • dark urine
  • muscle cramps, pain, stiffness, swelling, or weakness
  • troubled breathing
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness
  • yellow eyes or skin

Incidence Not Known

  • Agitation
  • bloating
  • bloody urine
  • decreased frequency or amount of urine
  • lower back or side pain
  • pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
  • swelling of the face, fingers, or lower legs
  • swollen joints
  • upper right abdominal or stomach pain

Some side effects of fenofibrate may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More Common

Less Common

  • Back pain
  • diarrhea
  • eye irritation
  • gas
  • increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight

Incidence Not Known

  • Lack or loss of strength

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to fenofibrate: oral capsule, oral tablet

General

The most frequently reported side effects were abnormal liver tests, AST increased, ALT increased, creatine phosphokinase (CPK) increased, and rhinitis.[Ref]

Hepatic

Common (1% to 10%): Liver function tests abnormal, AST increased, ALT increased

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cholelithiasis

Rare (less than 0.1%): Hepatitis

Postmarketing reports: Cirrhosis, liver fatty deposit, cholecystitis, jaundice, cholangitis, biliary colic[Ref]

Respiratory

Very common (10% or more): Rhinitis (up to 23.2%), bronchitis (16.4%)

Common (1% to 10%): Respiratory disorder, pharyngitis, sinusitis

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pulmonary embolism

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Interstitial pneumopathy

Frequency not reported: Cough increased, dyspnea, asthma, pneumonia, laryngitis

Postmarketing reports: Interstitial lung disease[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Very common (10% or more): Arthralgia (up to 25.1%), back pain (up to 15%)

Common (1% to 10%): Back pain, myalgia

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Diffuse myalgia, myositis, muscle cramp, muscle weakness

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Rhabdomyolysis

Frequency not reported: Arthritis, tenosynovitis, joint disorder, arthrosis, leg cramp, bursitis, myasthenia

Postmarketing reports: Muscle spasm[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Abdominal pain (up to 15.9%)

Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, flatulence

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pancreatitis

Frequency not reported: Dyspepsia, gastroenteritis, rectal disorder, esophagitis, gastritis, colitis, tooth disorder, gastrointestinal disorder, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, rectal hemorrhage, eructation, gamma glutamyl transpeptidase, dry mouth[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, dizziness

Rare (less than 0.1%): Peripheral neuropathy

Frequency not reported: Migraine, paresthesia, hypertonia, neuralgia, somnolence[Ref]

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Rash, pruritus, urticaria

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Photosensitivity reaction

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Alopecia

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Cutaneous photosensitivity with erythema, vesiculation, nodulation

Frequency not reported: Erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, eczema, acne, sweating, fungal dermatitis, skin disorder, contact dermatitis, maculopapular rash, nail disorder, skin ulcer

Postmarketing reports: Ecchymosis[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Deep vein thrombosis

Frequency not reported: Angina pectoris, hypertension, vasodilatation, coronary artery disorder, electrocardiogram abnormal, extrasystole, myocardial infarct, peripheral vascular disorder, varicose vein, cardiovascular disorder, hypotension, palpitation, arrhythmia, phlebitis, tachycardia, atrial fibrillation[Ref]

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Conjunctivitis

Frequency not reported: Eye disorder, amblyopia, abnormal vision, cataract specified, refraction disorder[Ref]

Other

Very common (10% or more): Accidental injury (up to 18.4%), flu syndrome (up to 17.9%), chest pain (up to 10.1%)

Common (1% to 10%): Creatine phosphokinase increased, malaise, vertigo, fatigue

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Serum creatinine increased, urea increased

Rare (less than 0.1%): Sexual asthenia

Frequency not reported: Pain, infection, cyst, hernia, fever, peripheral edema, ear pain, otitis media, herpes zoster, herpes simplex, weight gain, weight loss, edema

Postmarketing reports: Asthenia[Ref]

Genitourinary

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Sexual dysfunction

Frequency not reported: Urinary frequency, prostatic disorder, dysuria, gynecomastia, vaginal moniliasis, cystitis[Ref]

Hematologic

Rare (less than 0.1%): Hemoglobin decreased, leukopenia

Frequency not reported: Eosinophilia, lymphadenopathy, thrombocytopenia, anemia

Postmarketing reports: Hematocrit decreased[Ref]

Metabolic

Frequency not reported: Appetite increased, anorexia, diabetes mellitus, hypoglycemia, gout, hyperuricemia

Postmarketing reports: High-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels severely depressed[Ref]

Renal

Frequency not reported: Kidney function abnormal, urolithiasis

Postmarketing reports: Renal failure, acute renal failure[Ref]

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Insomnia

Frequency not reported: Depression, libido decreased, anxiety, nervousness[Ref]

Endocrine

Frequency not reported: Diabetes mellitus[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypersensitivity reaction

Frequency not reported: Allergic reaction[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Triglide (fenofibrate)." Sciele Pharma Inc, Atlanta, GA.

2. "Product Information. Antara (fenofibrate)." Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc, Baltimore, MD.

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

4. "Product Information. Tricor (fenofibrate)." Abbott Pharmaceutical, Abbott Park, IL.

5. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

6. "Product Information. Fenofibrate (fenofibrate)." Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc, Morgantown, WV.

7. "Product Information. Lipofen (fenofibrate)." Kowa Pharmaceuticals America (formerly ProEthic), Montgomery, AL.

8. "Product Information. Lofibra (fenofibrate)." Teva Pharmaceuticals (formerly Gate Pharmaceuticals), Sellersville, PA.

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Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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