Fenofibrate is used to reduce the level of cholesterol and fats in your blood when a low-fat diet and other non-medicinal treatments, such as weight reduction or exercise, have failed. Lipantil Micro can often increase the amount of a “good” type of cholesterol, called HDL.
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Why have I been prescribed Fenofibrate?…
Why have I been prescribed Fenofibrate?
- Fenofibrate is used to reduce the level of cholesterol and fats in your blood when a low-fat diet and other non-medicinal treatments, such as weight reduction or exercise, have failed.
- Fenofibrate can often increase the amount of a “good” type of cholesterol, called HDL or High Density Lipoprotein cholesterol.
How does it work?
Fenofibratel works by activating chemicals in the body to break down fats.
When and how do I take it?
- Swallow the capsules with water.
- It is important to take the capsules with food, as they will not work as well if your stomach is empty.
What’s the dose?
The usual dose for adults is one 200mg capsule a day or 3 x 67mg capsules a day.
Could it interact with other tablets?
Tell you doctor or pharmacist if:
- You are taking anticoagulants to thin your blood (for example, Warfarin).
- You are taking other lipid modifying drugs (for example drugs known as "statins" or “fibrates”).
- You are taking Lipantil and cyclosporin (an immunosuppressant).
Herbal supplements should be used with caution and only after informing your doctor first.
What are the possible risks or side-effects?
Most commonly reported side-effects include:
Gastro-intestinal (stomach and intestine):
- Digestive, gastric or intestinal disorders (abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and flatulence).
- Reactions such as rashes, pruritus (itching),
- urticaria (raised red blisters on the skin)
- photosensitivity reactions (sensitivity to sunlight, sun lamps and sunbeds).
- In individual cases photosensitivity with erythema (flushing/redness), vesiculation (raised boils) or nodulation (solid swelling).
Disorders of the ear:
Can I drink alcohol while taking it?
- There are no known interactions between alcohol and Lipantil.
- Always ask your doctor/pharmacist however as this may depend on what other tablets you are taking.
What if I’m pregnant/breastfeeding?
Lipantil is not recommended during pregnancy or while breast feeding.
If you have any more questions please ask your Pharmacist.
Remember to keep all medicines out of reach of children
Please Note: We have made every effort to ensure that the content of this information sheet is correct at time of publish, but remember that information about drugs may change. This sheet does not list all the uses and side-effects associated with this drug. For full details please see the drug information leaflet which comes with your medicine. Your doctor will assess your medical circumstances and draw your attention to any information or side-effects which may be relevant in your particular case.