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GEMFIBROZIL 600MG FILM-COATED TABLETS
Active substance(s): GEMFIBROZIL
Lopid® 600mg film-coated tablets / Gemfibrozil 600mg film-coated tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
because it contains important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
See section 4.
Your medicine is available using either of the above names but will be
referred to as Lopid throughout the remainder of this leaflet.
Lopid is also available in other strength as capsules.
What is in this leaflet:
1) What Lopid is and what it is used for
2) What you need to know before you take Lopid
3) How to take Lopid
4) Possible side effects
5) How to store Lopid
6) Contents of the pack and other information
Other medicines and Lopid
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or
might take any other medicines.
anti-diabetic medication particularly rosiglitazone or repaglinide
(used to help reduce blood sugar levels)
(for repaglinide see “Do not take Lopid”)
dabrafenib, a treatment for melanoma
loperamide, a treatment for diarrhoea
montelukast, a treatment for asthma
pioglitazone, a treatment used for diabetes
warfarin, acenocoumarol, and phenprocoumon (anticoagulants used to
statins used to lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and increase
good cholesterol such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin,
rosuvastatin and simvastatin (for simvastatin see “Do not take Lopid”)
dasabuvir, a drug used to treat hepatitis C infection (see “Do not take
colestipol resin granules for the treatment of high levels of fat
(cholesterol) in your blood
bexarotene medication for the treatment of skin cancer
colchicine for the treatment of gout
paclitaxel, a treatment for cancer
1) WHAT LOPID IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Lopid contains the active substance gemfibrozil which belongs 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
Lopid is used, alongside a low fat diet and other non-medical treatment
such as exercise and weight loss, to lower levels of fat in the blood. Lopid
can be used when other medicines (statins) are unsuitable, to reduce the
occurrence of heart problems in men who are at high risk and who have
increased ‘bad cholesterol’.
Lopid may also be prescribed to people who cannot be prescribed other
lipid-lowering medicines for lowering blood cholesterol levels.
2) WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE LOPID
Do not take Lopid
if you are allergic to gemfibrozil or any of the other ingredients of this
medicine (listed in section 6)
if you have liver disease
if you have severe kidney disease
if you have a history of gall stones, bile and gall bladder disease
(biliary tract disease)
if in the past you have had photoallergy or a phototoxicity reaction
(allergic reaction triggered by exposure to sunlight) during treatment
if you are currently taking a drug called repaglinide (a drug used to
reduce blood sugar levels in diabetes) or simvastatin (a cholesterol
lowering medicine) or dasabuvir (a drug used to treat hepatitis C
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Lopid.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions to help decide
if Lopid is suitable for you:
high risk of muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis): risk factors include
kidney impairment; under-active thyroid; over 70 years; excessive use
of alcohol; previous history of muscular pain and weakness (muscular
toxicity) with another fibrate or statin; a history of inherited muscular
disorders; use of Lopid in combination with statins
mild or moderate kidney disease
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are
planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this
It is recommended that you do not take Lopid while you breast-feed.
Driving and using machines
In rare cases Lopid may cause dizziness and affect your eyesight, if this
happens, do not drive or operate machinery. You can drive or operate
machinery as long as you feel well.
3) HOW TO TAKE LOPID
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told
you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Your blood
lipid levels will be closely monitored and regularly assessed before and
during your treatment with Lopid. If you are diabetic or have problems
with your thyroid, your doctor will try to treat these conditions before you
start treatment. Your doctor will also give you advice about eating the
correct diet, exercising, giving up smoking, cutting down on alcohol and if
necessary, losing weight.
Lopid should be taken orally. It is recommended that the capsules or
tablets be swallowed with a glass of water as the tablets taste unpleasant
if you break them.
Lopid with food and drink
Lopid should be taken half an hour before meals.
Adults and elderly
The usual starting dose is between 900mg and 1200mg daily. Your
doctor will decide the best dose for you, follow the instructions given on
If you are advised to take a 1200mg dose, you will need to take 600mg
half an hour before your breakfast and a second 600 mg half an hour
before your evening meal.
If you are advised to take a 900mg dose, you will need to take the dose
half an hour before your evening meal.
Adults with mild or moderate kidney disease
Your doctor will assess your condition before and during your treatment
with Lopid. Your treatment will start at 900mg daily and may be increased
up to 1200mg depending on your response. Lopid should not be used in
patients with severe kidney disease.
Use in children
Lopid is not recommended for children.
If you take more Lopid than you should
If you accidentally take too much Lopid contact your doctor at once or go
to the nearest hospital accident and emergency department. Always take
the labelled medicine package with you, whether there is any Lopid left or
not. Signs of overdose may be abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, joint and
muscle pain, nausea and vomiting.
If you forget to take Lopid
If you forget to take a dose, do not worry. Simply miss that dose and take
your next dose at the right time. Do not take two doses at the same
If you stop taking Lopid
Do not stop taking Lopid unless your doctor tells you to.
It is recommended that you follow all the advice given while you are
taking Lopid so as to gain the full benefit of the treatment. If you
have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
inflammation of the muscles (myositis)
inflammation of the synovial membrane (synovitis)
persistent lack of energy
photosensitivity (a sensitivity to light that can cause skin discolouration
or a rash)
red, itchy raised areas of skin
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.
5) HOW TO STORE LOPID
4) POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Serious side effects
Although serious reactions can occur, you are advised to contact
your doctor immediately if you get any of the following symptoms
after taking Lopid:
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
allergic reaction in which the face, tongue or throat may start to swell
up, causing difficulty in breathing (angioedema)
peeling and blistering of the skin, mouth, eyes and genitals
rash affecting your whole body
muscle weakness or weakness accompanied by dark urine, fever,
rapid heart rate (palpitations), nausea or vomiting
Other reported side effects include:
Very common side effects
(may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
Common side effects
(may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
sense of spinning or swaying (vertigo)
eczema, rash (particularly an itchy or puffy rash)
Uncommon side effects
(may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Do not store above 25oC.
Store in the original package in order to protect from moisture.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the
carton label and blister foil after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last
day of that month.
If your tablets become discoloured or show any sign of deterioration,
return them to your pharmacist.
Do not throw away medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask
your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use.
These measures will help to protect the environment.
6) CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Lopid contains
The active substance is gemfibrozil.
Each film-coated tablet contains 600mg gemfibrozil.
The other ingredients are:
Pregelatinized starch, Microcrystalline cellulose, Colloidal silica
(anhydrous) (E551), Sodium starch glycolate, Polysorbate 80 (E433),
Magnesium stearate, Hypromellose (E464), Titanium dioxide E171,
Simeticone, Macrogol 6000 and Talc (E553b).
What Lopid looks like and contents of the pack
Lopid 600mg is a white oval film-coated tablet.
Lopid 600mg comes in a blister pack containing 60 film-coated tablets.
Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH, Betriebsstatte Freiburg,
Mooswaldallee 1, 79090 Freiburg, Germany
Procured from within the EU by Product Licence Holder:
MPT Pharma Ltd, Westgate Business Park, Unit 5-7 Tintagel Way,
Aldridge, Walsall, WS9 8ER. UK.
Repackaged by MPT Pharma Ltd
(may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
reduction or increase in white blood cells (leucopenia, eosinophilia),
bone marrow disease (bone marrow failure)
reduction of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia)
inflammation of the nerves (peripheral neuropathy)
unusual bruising or bleeding due to a reduction in blood platelets
loss of feeling and a tingling sensation (paraesthesia)
jaundice (yellowing of the skin), disturbed liver function
inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
gallstones (cholelithiasis), inflammation of the gall bladder
painful joints and extremities
inflammation of the skin or inflamed skin which flakes or falls off
Leaflet dated 17th March 2017
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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