Fenofibric acid is an agent used to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Both substances are strongly linked to thickening and hardening of the arteries and resulting heart disease, heart attack and stroke. The drug works by stimulating the production of enzymes that break down unhealthy fats in the blood.
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Fenofibric Acid Uses
In combination with diet and exercise, fenofibric acid acts to lower bad cholesterol and fats in the blood while also raising the level of good cholesterol. Fenofibric acid does this by using enzymes to break down and destroy fats.
By reducing cholesterol and triglyceride, fenofibric acid can help prevent strokes and heart attacks.
Below you will find the different types of conditions that can be treated by using fenofibric acid:
- High cholesterol
- High triglyceride
Fenofibric Acid Dosage
Dosage of fenofibric acid depends on the individual taking it, as well as the condition being treated. It is also dependent on the brand of drug you are taking. You should take this medication with food. It is important that you take fenofibric acid exactly as your doctor prescribes it to you. You should also be sure to stick to a healthy diet while taking fenofibric acid to lower cholesterol and triglycerides.
Dosage for cholesterol
- 130-200 mg daily with a meal
Dosage for triglycerides
- 43-150 mg daily with a meal
- Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed
Fenofibric Acid Side Effects
Like any other drug, fenofibric acid may cause side effects. Below you will find a list of common side effects of fenofibric acid. Note that this list does not contain all possible side effects. If you experience severe side effects, you should contact your doctor.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience the following:
Fenofibric Acid Interactions
This drug may not be appropriate for people who have diabetes, kidney disease or an underactive thyroid gland. It should not be paired with alcohol, since that could raise triglycerides further and promote liver damage. As with all drugs, before taking this medication, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. You should also let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and if you have any allergies to drugs or foods. Below you will find a list of drugs that may interact with fenofibric acid. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.