Tricor (Fenofibrate) belongs to the class of medications known as fibrates. Tricor helps reduce cholesterol and triglycerides (fatty acids) in the blood. High levels of these types of fat in the blood are associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). Fenofibrate reduces bad cholesterol (low density lipoproteins (LDL) and very low density lipoproteins (VLDL) and triglycerides in your blood. It also increases good cholesterol (high density lipoprotein) levels. Bringing cholesterol levels in the blood into the desired range has been shown to reduce the risks associated with heart disease, such as heart attack.
We currently have the brand Tricor (also called Lipidil EZ) from Canada manufactured by Mylan and the brand from Germany and UK. Other alterative names are known as Lipanthyl Micro (67 mg), Secalip Supra (160 mg), Durafenat MF (200 mg). The generic comes from India (also called Fenolip), UK and Canada (Apo-Feno-Super Fenofibrate tablets by Apotex). Tricor is available in tablet form and various dosage strengths include 48 mg, 67 mg, 100 mg, 145 mg, 160 mg, 200 mg. Generic Fenofibrate also comes in micro capsule available in 200 mg and 267 mg.
Less serious side effects include:
• Constipation or diarrhea;
• Red, itchy skin;
• Runny nose;
• Skin rash;
• Stomach pain
Serious side effects include:
• Severe stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting;
• Signs of liver problems (e.g., dark urine, general feeling of being unwell, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, or yellowing of the eyes or skin);
• Unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, weakness, chills, or fever
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur.
You should not use Tricor if you are allergic to Fenofibrate, or if you have liver disease, gallbladder disease, severe kidney disease, or if you are on dialysis. Do not take Fenofibrate if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is not known whether Tricor will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. There may be an interaction between Fenofibrate and any of the following.
• A blood thinner such as warfarin, Coumadin;
• Antiviral medications;
• Any injected antibiotics;
• Drugs that weaken immune system such as cancer medicine, steroids, and medicines to prevent organ transplant rejection;
• Medicines to treat a bowel disorder;
• Pain or arthritis medicines (including Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve); or
• Other cholesterol lowering medications
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