Fibric Acid Derivatives
 
 

Types of medication:  Gemfibrozil (Lopid), Fenofibrate (Tricor or Lofibra)

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Remember: These medicines are not a substitute for a heart healthy diet! They will work best only if you are choosing foods that are low in saturated fat.

Avoid heavy alcohol use (no more than 1 drink per day).

 

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:

May increase the effect of the “blood thinner” warfarin (Coumadin).

May cause upset stomach or diarrhea. These effects are minor and usually

disappear over time. However, discuss these symptoms with your doctor if they continue more than one week.

May cause anemia and low white blood cell count

May cause muscle pains in less than 1 out of 100 people. (Report new muscle pains to your doctor; special tests may be needed.)

Muscle side effects may be more common if used with a statin