Tricor

Generic Name: Fenofibrate

  • What is Tricor?

    Tricor, in addition to an appropriate diet, is used to treat adults with high cholesterol, with or without elevated triglycerides. Tricor reduces elevated LDL-C (bad cholesterol), total cholesterol, triglycerides, and apolipoprotein B, and increases HDL-C (good cholesterol). Tricor is also used along with diet to treat adults with high triglycerides.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Tricor?

    You should let your doctor know if you are taking any other drugs while taking Tricor. Tricor tablets may have an effect on drugs that help prevent blood clotting, such as the blood thinner warfarin. If you are taking Tricor tablets with a blood-thinning medication, your doctor may want to monitor your blood-clotting tests more frequently. You should alert your doctor about any cholesterol-lowering medications you may be taking as he or she will need to determine if the combination of Tricor tablets and one of those drugs is right for you.

    Tricor may also affect liver function. Your doctor should perform periodic blood tests to monitor the health of your liver.

    Tricor can increase your risk of developing gallstones. Call your doctor right away if you experience abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting. These may be signs of inflammation of the gallbladder or pancreas.

    Tricor may cause a serious muscle condition that may lead to kidney damage. The risk of this occurring is increased if you are also taking other cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins. You should tell your doctor right away if you feel any muscle weakness, pain, or tenderness, especially if you also have a fever or general body discomfort.

  • Who should not take Tricor?

    You should not take Tricor if you have liver or gallbladder disease, severe kidney problems, or if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Tricor?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tricor. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any type of liver disease, kidney disease, gallbladder disease, hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland), high blood sugar, blood disorders, muscle pain or disease, or if you consume large amounts of alcohol.

  • 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 initial dose is 145 milligrams (mg) per day.

    High Triglyceride Levels

    Adults: The starting dose ranges from 48-145 mg/day. The maximum dose is 145 mg/day.

    If you have kidney problems, your doctor will adjust your dose as necessary.

  • How should I take Tricor?

    Tricor tablets can be taken with or without food.

    If you are taking Tricor with another type of cholesterol-lowering drug called a bile acid sequestrant, take Tricor at least 1 hour before or 4-6 hours after you take the other drug.

  • What should I avoid while taking Tricor?

    Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Tricor. Alcohol can raise triglyceride levels, and may also damage your liver while you are taking Tricor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Tricor?

    If Tricor 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 Tricor with any of the following: blood thinners such as warfarin; cholesterol-lowering drugs known as bile acid sequestrants such as colestipol and cholestyramine; cyclosporine; and cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, including fluvastatin, atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, and simvastatin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Tricor?

    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: liver damage, respiratory disorders, abdominal pain, back pain, headache

  • Can I receive Tricor if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Tricor during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. 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 Tricor?

    Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Tricor?

    Store at room temperature.

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