Fenofibrate is prescribed in conjunction with a low-fat diet, regular exercise, and sometimes other medications to effectively lower the levels of fatty substances such as cholesterol and triglycerides in the bloodstream. It also aids in increasing the levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein) in the blood. This medication helps to mitigate the buildup of cholesterol and fats along the arterial walls, which can impede blood flow and reduce oxygen supply to vital organs like the heart, brain, and other parts of the body.
Categorized as an antilipemic agent, fenofibrate operates by enhancing the natural processes responsible for eliminating cholesterol from the body. This mechanism assists in promoting healthier lipid levels and improving overall cardiovascular health.
Uses and Dosage
Fenofibrate is available in capsule, delayed-release (long-acting) capsule, and tablet forms for oral administration. Typically, it is taken once a day. Specific fenofibrate products should be ingested with a meal. If unsure about whether to take the medication with food, consult your doctor or pharmacist for guidance.
To ensure proper usage, carefully adhere to the instructions on your prescription label. Take fenofibrate precisely as directed, avoiding any deviations, including taking more or less than prescribed or altering the dosing frequency.
Your doctor will likely initiate treatment with an average dose of fenofibrate, adjusting it based on laboratory test results that measure the levels of fatty substances in your blood. If there is no improvement in your test results after two months, your doctor may advise discontinuing fenofibrate.
For delayed-release tablets, swallow them whole and avoid splitting, chewing, or crushing them.
Fenofibrate’s effectiveness in reducing fatty substances in your blood is contingent upon continued usage. Even if you feel well, ontinue taking fenofibrate as prescribed. Do not halt the medication without consulting your doctor.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- pain in the back, arm, or legs
- joint pain
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness
- blistering or peeling skin
- trouble breathing
- changes in urination
- abdominal pain
- pain in the upper back between the shoulder blades or under the right shoulder
- redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, or warmth in one leg
- pain when breathing
- coughing up blood
Prior to commencing fenofibrate, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any known allergies, either to fenofibrate itself, other “fibrates” (e.g., fenofibric acid), or any other substances. The product may also contain inactive ingredients, such as soy, which can trigger allergic reactions or other complications.
Before initiating the use of this medication, disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, with particular attention to conditions like kidney disease, gallbladder disease, liver disease, and alcohol use.
During pregnancy, this medication should only be used when the need is evident and after discussing the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Regarding breastfeeding, it is currently unknown whether this medication passes into breast milk. Due to the potential risk to the infant, refrain from breastfeeding while using this drug and for a period of 5 days after discontinuing the medication.
Form and Strength
Lofibra is available in the following forms and strengths:
How do I know if Lofibra is working for me?
Typically, you’ll need to get lab work done every 4 to 8 weeks to check your cholesterol levels and to see if this medication is working for you.
Do you have to take Lofibra forever?
Lofibra is intended as a long term treatment. If you stop taking the medication your cholesterol may no longer be controlled.