What is Fenoglide?Fenoglide is a cholesterol-lowering medicine used, in addition to an appropriate diet, to treat adults with high cholesterol. Fenoglide reduces bad cholesterol (LDL-C), total cholesterol, triglycerides, and apolipoprotein B; and increases good cholesterol (HDL-C). Fenoglide is used when diet and exercise alone have not lowered bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
What is the most important information I should know about Fenoglide?Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications while you are taking Fenoglide. Fenoglide may have an effect on medications that help prevent blood clotting (such as the blood thinner warfarin). If you are taking Fenoglide with a blood thinner medication, your doctor will monitor your blood-clotting tests. Also, tell your doctor about any cholesterol-lowering medicines you may be taking as he or she will need to determine if the combination of Fenoglide and one of those medications is right for you.
Fenoglide can cause liver problems. Your doctor will monitor your liver function.
Fenoglide can increase your risk of developing gallstones. Call your doctor immediately if you experience abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting. These may be signs of inflammation of your gallbladder or pancreas. Your doctor will do studies to check for gallstones.
Fenoglide can cause serious muscle conditions that may lead to kidney damage. Your risk can increase if you are also taking other cholesterol-lowering medicines known as statins (such as atorvastatin, fluvastatin, pravastatin). Tell your doctor immediately if you experience unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness, especially if you also have a fever or general body discomfort.
Fenoglide can cause pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), severe allergic reactions, and clotting problems.
Who should not take Fenoglide?Do not take Fenoglide if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients; or if you have liver, gallbladder, or severe kidney problems; or are breastfeeding.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Fenoglide?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Fenoglide. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver, kidney, or gallbladder problems; diabetes; blood disorders; muscle pain or disease; or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
High Cholesterol Levels or a Combination of High Cholesterol and High Triglycerides
Adults: The recommended dose is 120 milligrams (mg) a day.
High Triglyceride Levels
Adults: The recommended starting dose is 40-120 mg a day.
If you have kidney problems, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.
How should I take Fenoglide?Take Fenoglide exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you are taking Fenoglide with another type of cholesterol-lowering medicine called a bile acid sequestrant (colestipol or cholestyramine), take Fenoglide at least 1 hour before or 4-6 hours after you take the other medicine.
What should I avoid while taking Fenoglide?Do not breastfeed while you are taking Fenoglide.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Fenoglide?If Fenoglide is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Fenoglide with any of the following: bile acid sequestrants, blood thinners, cyclosporine, or statins.
What are the possible side effects of Fenoglide?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: abdominal pain, back pain, headache, liver damage, respiratory problems
Can I receive Fenoglide if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Fenoglide during pregnancy are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Fenoglide. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Fenoglide?If you miss a dose of Fenoglide, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Fenoglide?Store at room temperature.