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LIPANTIL MICRO 67
Active substance(s): FENOFIBRATE MICRONISED
Lipanthyl ® Micro 67
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
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 any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist or nurse.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
- If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor, or pharmacist or nurse.
Your medicine is known by any one of the above names but will be referred
to as Lipantil Micro throughout the following leaflet.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Lipantil Micro is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Lipantil Micro
3. How to take Lipantil Micro
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Lipantil Micro
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT LIPANTIL MICRO IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Lipantil Micro 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 ‘triglycerides’.
Lipantil Micro is used, alongside a low fat diet and other non-medical
treatments such as exercise and weight loss, to lower levels of fats in the
Lipantil Micro can be used in addition to other medicines (called ‘statins’) in
some circumstances when levels of fats in the blood are not controlled with
a statin alone.
Lipantil Micro can often also increase the amount of a ‘good’ type of
cholesterol, called HDL or high density lipoprotein cholesterol.
It is always essential to continue a low-fat diet during treatment with Lipantil
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE LIPANTIL MICRO
Do not take Lipantil Micro if:
- You are allergic to fenofibrate or any of the other ingredients of this
medicine (listed in Section 6: Contents of the pack and other information)
- While taking other medicines, you have had an allergic reaction or skin
damage from sunlight or UV light (these medicines include other fibrates
and an anti-inflammatory medicine called ‘ketoprofen’)
- You have severe liver, kidney or gallbladder problems
- You have pancreatitis (an inflamed pancreas which causes abdominal
pain), which is not caused by high levels of fat in the blood
Do not take Lipantil Micro if any of the above apply to you. If you are not
sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Lipantil Micro.
Warnings and Precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse before taking Lipantil Micro if:
- You have any liver or kidney problems.
- You may have an inflamed liver (hepatitis) – signs include yellowing of the
skin and the whites of the eyes (jaundice) and an increase in liver
enzymes (shown in blood tests)
- You have an under-active thyroid gland (hypo-thyroidism)
- You have diabetes, especially Type 2 diabetes, that is not well controlled
- You have problems with certain proteins in your blood
- You have an alcohol problem
- You are taking other medicines
- You or your family have had muscle problems
- You are over 70 years of age
(Some of the above conditions can lead to high levels of lipids in your blood
and need to be corrected before you start therapy with fenofibrate).
If any of the above apply to you (or you are not sure), talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before taking Lipantil Micro.
Your doctor might want to test your blood or urine to check if Lipantil Micro
is working properly and also if your kidneys, muscles and liver are working
Effects on muscles
Stop taking Lipantil Micro and see a doctor straight away if you get
unexplained cramps or painful, tender or weak muscles while taking this
- This is because this medicine may cause muscle problems, which may be
- These problems are rare but include muscle inflammation and breakdown.
This can cause kidney damage or even death
Your doctor may do a blood test to check your muscles before and after
The risk of muscle breakdown is higher in some patients. Tell your doctor if:
- You are over 70 years old
- You have kidney problems
- You have thyroid problems
- You or a close family member has a muscle problem which runs in the
- You drink large amounts of alcohol
- You are taking medicines called statins to lower cholesterol – such as
simvastatin, atorvastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin or fluvastatin
- You have ever had muscle problems during treatment with statins or
fibrates – such as fenofibrate, bezafibrate or gemfibrozil
If any of the above apply to you (or you are not sure), talk to your doctor
before taking Lipantil Micro.
Other medicines and Lipantil Micro
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken
any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
In particular tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the
- Anti-coagulants to thin your blood (such as warfarin)
- Other medicines to control fat levels in the blood (such as ‘statins’ or
‘fibrates’). Taking a ‘statin’ at the same time as Lipantil Micro may
increase the risk of muscle problems
- A particular class of medicines to treat diabetes (such as rosiglitazone or
- Cyclosporin – used to suppress your immune system
If any of the above apply to you (or you are not sure), talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before taking Lipantil Micro.
Lipantil Micro with food, drink and alcohol
It is important to take the capsule with food – it will not work as well if your
stomach is empty.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
- Do not take Lipantil Micro and tell your doctor if you are pregnant, think
you might be pregnant or are planning to have a baby
- Do not take Lipantil Micro if you are breast-feeding or planning to breastfeed your baby.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
This medicine will not affect you being able to drive or use tools or
Important information about some of the ingredients of Lipantil Micro
Lipantil Micro contains lactose (a type of sugar). If you have been told by
your doctor that you cannot tolerate or digest some sugars (have an
intolerance to some sugars), talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
3. HOW TO TAKE LIPANTIL MICRO
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
Also, please read the label on the packet. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Taking this medicine
- Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water
- Do not open or chew the capsule
- Take the capsule with food - it will not work as well if your stomach is
How much to take
The recommended dose for adults is one capsule (67 mg) three times a
Use in children and adolescents
The usual dose for children is one capsule of Lipantil Micro 67mg per 20kg
bodyweight per day. Your doctor will work out the dose that is required.
People with kidney problems
If you have kidney problems, your doctor may tell you to take a lower dose.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about this.
If you take more Lipantil Micro than you should
If you take more Lipantil Micro than you should or if someone else has taken
your medicine, contact your nearest hospital casualty department or tell your
If you get any unusual breathing discomfort, tell your doctor straight away.
If you forget to take Lipantil Micro
- If you forget a dose, take the next dose with your next meal
- Then take your next capsule at the normal time
- Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose
If you are worried about this talk to your doctor
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. 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.
If you stop taking Lipantil Micro
Do not stop taking Lipantil Micro unless your doctor tells you to, or the
capsules make you feel unwell. This is because abnormal levels of fats in the
blood need treating for a long period of time.
Remember that as well as taking Lipantil Micro it is also important that you:
- Have a low fat diet
- Take regular exercise
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor
or pharmacist or nurse.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Stop taking Lipantil micro and see a doctor straight away, if you notice
any of the following serious side effects – you may need urgent
- Allergic reaction – the signs may include swelling of the face, lips, tongue
or throat, which may cause difficulty in breathing
- Cramps or painful, tender or weak muscles – these may be signs of
muscle inflammation or breakdown, which can cause kidney damage or
- Stomach pain – this may be a sign that your pancreas is inflamed
- Chest pain and feeling breathless – these may be signs of a blood clot in
the lung (pulmonary embolism)
- Pain, redness or swelling in the legs – these may be signs of a blood clot
in the leg (deep vein thrombosis)
- Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice), or an increase in
liver enzymes – these may be signs of an inflamed liver (hepatitis)
Stop taking Lipantil Micro and see a doctor straight away, if you notice any
of the side effects above.
Other side effects include:
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people):
- Stomach pain
- Wind (flatulence)
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Being sick (vomiting)
- Raised levels of liver enzymes in the blood – shown in tests
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people):
- Reduced sex drive
- Rash, itching or red patches on the skin
- Increase in ‘creatinine’ produced by the kidneys – shown in tests
- Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas leading to abdominal pain)
- Thromboembolism: pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung causing
chest pain and breathlessness), deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the
leg causing pain, redness or swelling)
- Muscle pain, muscle inflammation, muscle cramps and weakness
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people):
- Hair loss
- Increase in ‘urea’ produced by the kidneys – shown in tests
- Increased sensitivity of your skin to sunlight, sun lamps and sunbeds
- Drop in haemoglobin (that carries oxygen in the blood) and white blood
cells – shown in tests.
- Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver), symptoms of which may be mild
jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes), stomach pain and
- Hypersensitivity (allergic reaction)
Side effects where the chance of it happening are not known
- Severe form of skin rash with reddening, peeling and swelling of the skin
that resembles severe burns
- Long-term lung problems
- Muscle breakdown
- Complications of gallbladder stones
- Feeling dizzy (vertigo)
- Feeling exhausted (fatigue)
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, or pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any side effects not listed in this leaflet.
5. HOW TO STORE LIPANTIL MICRO
Do not store above 30oC.
Store in the original package in order to protect from moisture.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Lipantil Micro after the expiry date, which is stated on the carton
and the blister pack after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that
Lipantil Micro 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
If your capsules show visible signs of deterioration, consult a pharmacist
who will advise you what to do.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Lipantil Micro contains
Each Lipantil Micro 67 capsule contains 67 milligrams (mg) of micronised
fenofibrate. This is the active ingredient.
Each capsule also contains the following inactive ingredients:
lactose, sodium lauryl sulphate, pregelatinised starch, crospovidone and
The capsule is made of gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171), quinoline yellow
(E104) and erythrosine (E127).
What Lipantil Micro looks like and contents of the pack
Lipantil Micro is supplied as yellow, hard gelatin capsules.
Lipantil Micro is provided in blister packs of 60 and 90 capsules.
MANUFACTURER AND PRODUCT LICENCE HOLDER
Manufactured by Famar L’Aigle, Zone Industrielle No. 1, Route Crulai,
F 61300 L’Aigle, France and procured from the EU by Product Licence
holder Star Pharmaceuticals Ltd., 5 Sandridge Close, Harrow, Middlesex
HA1 1XD. Repackaged by Servipharm Ltd.
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref.) 30.06.16
Lipantil® and Lipanthyl® are trademarks of Fournier Industrie et Sante.