This medication is used along with a non-drug program (including
diet changes) to treat cholesterol and lipid disorders.
HOW TO USE:
This medication may be taken with or without food. Dosage is
adjusted based on your condition and response. The maximum daily
dose is 200 mg. Separate doses of this drug and any bile acid
resin drug (e.g., colestipol or cholestyramine) by at least 4
hours. Full effects of this drug may take up to 3 months to occur.
Upset stomach, constipation, headache, dizziness or trouble
sleeping may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify
your doctor promptly. Report promptly: muscle pain, tenderness,
weakness, fever. Very unlikely but report promptly: decreased
sexual drive, yellowing eyes or skin, stomach pain. In the
unlikely event you have a serious allergic reaction to this drug,
seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of a serious allergic
reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness,
trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above,
contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor your medical history, including: any allergies,
diabetes, liver and/or kidney disease, gallbladder disease, low
thyroid (hypothyroidism), muscle disorders. In the U.S. - The
manufacturer states this medication should be used only when
clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits
with your doctor. In Canada - The manufacturer states this
medication must not be used during pregnancy. If you become
pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor
immediately. Women of childbearing age should use an effective
form of birth control. Stop using this drug for several months
before planning a pregnancy. It is not known whether this drug is
excreted into breast milk. Breast-feeding while using this drug is
not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Use caution if the following drugs are combined with fenofibrate
because serious side effects such as muscle injury (myopathy)
infrequently could occur: "statins" (e.g., lovastatin,
atorvastatin), high-dose niacin (1 gram or more per day). Tell
your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you
may use, especially: "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin),
cyclosporine, MAO Inhibitors (e.g., selegiline, furazolidone,
tranylcypromine, phenelzine, moclobemide), certain diabetic
medicine (sulfonylureas such as glipizide; and insulin),
estrogens/birth control pills. Do not start or stop any medicine
without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center
or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US
national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents
should call their local poison control center directly.