Fenofibrate Tablets (Generic Tricor)
Fenofibrate (generic Tricor) is a medicine that is primarily used to improve cholesterol levels in the body. This particular medicine increases the good cholesterol (HDL) while at the same time decreasing the levels of the bad cholesterol (LDL). Consequently, after using this drug you will be healthier and you will reduce the levels of the unwanted fat in your body.
To get optimum benefits from Fenofibrate Tablets it is important to ensure you use the tablets in the right manner. You should take this medication orally just as prescribed by your doctor. Since the medication comes in different forms which have different levels of strength it is important to ensure that you do not switch from one type to the other. Instead, you should continue with the type you start with unless you doctor advises you to change. This drug comes in form of tablets which you can take in a simple manner. The tablets are relatively small in size but they contain all the components that are needed by your body. The recommended dosage for this medication is one tablet in a day.
The dosage can change depending on different factors such as response to treatment and the particular medical condition. To ensure that you do not forget taking this medicine it is advisable to take it at the same time in every day. This will help you remember the time to take the medicine. It is advisable to make sure that you strictly follow the doctor’s instructions. You should not try to increase or decrease the dosage without consulting your doctor. Even if you increase the dosage it will not increase the rate in which your cholesterol level is decreased.
The side effects of this medicine vary from minor ones to the ones that are serious. The minor ones can disappear with time but if they persist you should consult a professional who has experience in dealing with pharmaceutical products. Some of the minor side effects of this medicine include:
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Back pain
The more serious side effects of this medication include: - Liver problems where your eyes become white or your skins become yellow - Severe allergic reactions which are characterized by swelling on the face, feet, hands, eyes and tongue. The allergies can also be characterized by trouble in breathing and swallowing, rashes and peeling skin.
In case you notice any of the serious side effects it is advisable to consult your doctor immediately. If you are unable to get to your doctor you can dial 911 to get the necessary help and be able to control the side effects.
While using Fenofibrate Tablets you should start by consulting a professional with medical experience. This is because it is one of the drugs that can affect people with certain underlying conditions. Since this medicine can cause liver problems it is advisable to undergo checkup to ensure you do not have underlying liver problems.
People with severe kidney problems should also not use this medication because it can cause abnormal kidney function. Your doctor will examine your kidneys and confirm whether they have the capacity to handle the effects of this medicine.
Pregnant women or any woman who is planning to become pregnant should consult a doctor before using this medicine. This is because it is a category C pregnancy drug which can affect the pregnancy in different ways. If you are breastfeeding you should not be using this medicine. This is because it can pass through the breast milk and have negative side effects on the child. It is also important to make sure you keep these capsules in places where children cannot reach them. Furthermore, the capsules should be kept in cool dry places where they will not be affected by external conditions.
There are different drugs that can change how Fenofibrate Tablets works. Some of these drugs include blood-thinning drugs such as Warfarin which when taken together with this particular drug can increase chances of breeding. Taking Fenofibrate with certain diabetes drugs usually increases chances of low blood sugar.
Furthermore, this medication can increase chances of experiencing muscle pains when taken together with certain gout problems. Certain immunosuppressants also make the drug increase chances of showing more severe side effects when combined with this particular medicine. If you use this drug with certain cholesterol drugs will make your body be unable to absorb Fenofibrate effectively. You will need to take Fenofibrate one hour before taking other cholesterol drugs or four to six hours after taking such drugs.
Some time you can accidentally take a higher dosage than the one recommended. In such a situation you should call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 and you will get the necessary help.