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TriCor Side Effects

Generic Name: fenofibrate

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug fenofibrate. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name TriCor.

In Summary

Common side effects of TriCor include: increased serum aspartate aminotransferase and increased serum alanine aminotransferase. Other side effects include: abnormal hepatic function tests, increased creatine phosphokinase, and increased serum transaminases. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to fenofibrate: oral capsule, oral tablet

As well as its needed effects, fenofibrate (the active ingredient contained in TriCor) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

If any of the following side effects occur while taking fenofibrate, check with your doctor immediately:

Less common:
  • Chills or fever
  • hives, itching, or skin rash
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nausea or vomiting
  • 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

Minor Side Effects

Some fenofibrate side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common:
  • Runny nose
  • sneezing
  • stuffy nose
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


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


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


Common (1% to 10%): Conjunctivitis
Frequency not reported: Eye disorder, amblyopia, abnormal vision, cataract specified, refraction disorder[Ref]


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]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Sexual dysfunction
Frequency not reported: Urinary frequency, prostatic disorder, dysuria, gynecomastia, vaginal moniliasis, cystitis[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Hemoglobin decreased, leukopenia
Frequency not reported: Eosinophilia, lymphadenopathy, thrombocytopenia, anemia
Postmarketing reports: Hematocrit decreased[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Appetite increased, anorexia, diabetes mellitus, hypoglycemia, gout, hyperuricemia
Postmarketing reports: High-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels severely depressed[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Kidney function abnormal, urolithiasis
Postmarketing reports: Renal failure, acute renal failure[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Insomnia
Frequency not reported: Depression, libido decreased, anxiety, nervousness[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Diabetes mellitus[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypersensitivity reaction
Frequency not reported: Allergic reaction[Ref]


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It is possible that some side effects of TriCor may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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