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fenofibric acid (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking fenofibric acid (Fibricor, Trilipix)?

You should not take fenofibric acid if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • severe kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
  • liver disease;
  • gallbladder disease; or
  • if you are breast-feeding a baby.

To make sure you can safely take fenofibric acid, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • kidney disease;
  • diabetes; or
  • underactive thyroid.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether fenofibric acid will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Do not breast-feed while you are taking fenofibric acid.

How should I take fenofibric acid (Fibricor, Trilipix)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

You may take fenofibric acid with or without food.

If you also take cholestyramine (Questran), colesevelam (Welchol), or colestipol (Colestid), take these medicines at least 1 hour after taking fenofibric acid, or 4 to 6 hours before taking fenofibric acid. Do not take any of these medicines at the same time you take fenofibric acid.

"Statin" cholesterol-lowering medications may be taken at the same time as fenofibric acid.

Fenofibric acid is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, and other medications. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.

Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice.

To be sure this medicine is helping your condition and is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Your liver, kidney, and gallbladder function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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