Brand Name(s): Lopid
Drug Class: Fibrates
Treats: High levels of triglycerides, high cholesterol
Gemfibrozil is the generic name used for a drug which is used to lower the levels of triglycerides in the liver and also, manage the bad cholesterol (LDL) and good cholesterol (HDL) in the body. Belonging to the class called fibrates, Gemfibrozil is often prescribed along with diet and lifestyle changes to people who have very high level of cholesterol in their bodies. Your doctor may prescribe it for other problems as well, like diseases of the pancreas or to lower the risk of atherosclerosis.
Gemfibrozil is a medicine that helps to reduce cholesterol and fatty acids (triglycerides) in the blood. It is more like a blood purifying agent. Cholesterol and fatty are known for causing hyperlipidemia which is the primary condition that Gemfibrozil treats. Accumulation of high levels these fats can increase the risk of clogged arteries which is a catalyst of heart diseases.
Gemfibrozil works by increasing the metabolism rate in the body to enhance the burning of these fats. It also reduces to absorption of more fats into the blood stream. Gemfibrozil should be used with diet to treat high cholesterol and triglycerides in patients with pancreatitis. It can also be used to lower the stroke and heart attack risks. Gemfibrozil should be taken twice a day, 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner.