Lopid

Generic Name: Gemfibrozil

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Lopid is a medicine used along with diet to reduce high triglycerides (type of fat in the blood) in people who are at risk of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Lopid is also used in certain people with a combination of low levels of "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and high levels of "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Lopid works by reducing the production of triglycerides in your body.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Lopid has been shown to reduce triglyceride and increase HDL levels. By doing this, Lopid may decrease your risk of a heart attack.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. Though you may not feel an improvement or change in the way you feel, it is very important to keep taking your medicine as prescribed to keep your condition under control.

    How do I know it is working?

    Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your cholesterol levels during your treatment with Lopid. Appropriate diet and exercise also contribute to your overall heart health and will also affect the results of your blood tests.

    Taking Lopid is not a substitute for following a healthy low-fat and low-cholesterol diet and exercising to lower your cholesterol.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: upset stomach.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Lopid may cause gallstones, requiring surgery.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Lopid if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not take Lopid if you have kidney or liver problems (including cirrhosis [scarring of the liver]), or gallbladder disease.

    Do not take Lopid if you currently take repaglinide.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lopid. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver, kidney, thyroid, or gallbladder problems; or diabetes.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose is 600 milligrams twice a day.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Lopid exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Lopid without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Take Lopid 30 minutes before your morning and evening meals.

    Your healthcare provider will likely start you on a low-fat diet before prescribing Lopid. Stay on this diet while you are taking Lopid.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Limiting your alcohol intake is an important factor in controlling your triglyceride levels.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Lopid is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Lopid with the following: blood thinners (such as warfarin), certain cholesterol medicines (such as simvastatin or atorvastatin), colestipol, estrogen, or repaglinide.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Lopid during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Lopid. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Lopid, 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 this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light and humidity.

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