What is Lipofen?Lipofen is a cholesterol-lowering medicine used, in addition to an appropriate diet, to treat adults with high cholesterol. Lipofen reduces bad cholesterol (LDL-C), total cholesterol, triglycerides, and apolipoprotein B; and increases good cholesterol (HDL-C).
What is the most important information I should know about Lipofen?Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications while you are taking Lipofen. Lipofen may have an effect on medications that help prevent blood clotting (such as the blood thinner warfarin). If you are taking Lipofen with a blood thinner, 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 Lipofen and one of those medications is right for you.
Lipofen can cause liver problems. Your doctor will monitor your liver function.
Lipofen 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 also do studies to check for gallstones.
Lipofen 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 (atorvastatin, fluvastatin, or 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.
Lipofen can cause pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), severe allergic reactions, and clotting problems.
Who should not take Lipofen?Do not take Lipofen 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 Lipofen?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lipofen. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver, kidney, or gallbladder problems; hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland); diabetes; blood disorders; muscle pain or disease; if you consume large amounts of alcohol; 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 150 milligrams (mg) a day.
High Triglyceride Levels
Adults: The recommended starting dose is 50-150 mg a day.
If you have kidney problems, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.
How should I take Lipofen?Take Lipofen exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Take Lipofen with food and swallow each capsule whole.
If you are taking Lipofen with another type of cholesterol-lowering medicines called a bile acid sequestrant (such as colestipol or cholestyramine), take Lipofen at least 1 hour before or 4-6 hours after you take the other medicine.
What should I avoid while taking Lipofen?Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Lipofen. Alcohol can raise your triglyceride levels, and may also damage your liver while you are taking Lipofen.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lipofen?If Lipofen 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 Lipofen with the following: bile acid sequestrants, blood thinners, medications that suppress your immune system (such as cyclosporine or tacrolimus), or statins.
What are the possible side effects of Lipofen?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 Lipofen if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Lipofen during pregnancy are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Lipofen. 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 Lipofen?If you miss a dose of Lipofen, 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 Lipofen?Store at room temperature. Protect from moisture and light.