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Fenofibrate

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Fenofibrate - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Fenofibrate cause?

  • ‚ÄčNausea
  • Heartburn, stomach pain
  • Constipation, diarrhoea
  • Joint pain, muscle pain, back pain
  • Skin rashes
  • Headache

Inform your healthcare professional of these side-effects do not go away and interfere with your daily life.

Very rarely, fenofibrate may cause muscle or liver problems. These symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Breakdown of muscles - unexplained, severe muscle pain that does not go away, muscle weakness/ cramps all over your body or dark tea-coloured urine.
  • Liver injury - dark coloured urine, light coloured stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, yellowing of skin or eyes.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If your experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Fenofibrate, what precautions must I follow?

Inform your healthcare processional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication.
  • You are allergic to any other fibrates, or to any other medications.
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • You have liver, kidney or gallbladder problems.
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
  • You have an underactive thyroid gland.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Fenofibrate?

Some medications may interact with Fenofibrate and affect their effectiveness or increase the risk of side-effects. However, these medications may also be important for your treatment. Inform your healthcare professional of the other medications you are currently taking. Examples include:

  • Other cholesterol-lowering medications (e.g. cholestyramine, gemfibrozil, fenofibrate)
  • Medications used to suppress immune system (e.g. cyclosporine, tacrolimus)
  • Warfarin, a type of blood tinner.

Fenofibrate - Additional Information

  • Updated on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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