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Fenofibrate - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Fenofibrate cause?

  • ​Nausea
  • Heartburn, stomach pain
  • Constipation, diarrhoea
  • Joint pain, muscle pain, back pain
  • Skin rashes
  • Headache

Inform your healthcare professional of these side-effects do not go away and interfere with your daily life.

Very rarely, fenofibrate may cause muscle or liver problems. These symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Breakdown of muscles - unexplained, severe muscle pain that does not go away, muscle weakness/ cramps all over your body or dark tea-coloured urine.
  • Liver injury - dark coloured urine, light coloured stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, yellowing of skin or eyes.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If your experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Fenofibrate , what precautions must I follow?

Inform your healthcare processional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication.
  • You are allergic to any other fibrates, or to any other medications.
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • You have liver, kidney or gallbladder problems.
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
  • You have an underactive thyroid gland.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Fenofibrate ?

Some medications may interact with Fenofibrate and affect their effectiveness or increase the risk of side-effects. However, these medications may also be important for your treatment. Inform your healthcare professional of the other medications you are currently taking. Examples include:

  • Other cholesterol-lowering medications (e.g. cholestyramine, gemfibrozil, fenofibrate)
  • Medications used to suppress immune system (e.g. cyclosporine, tacrolimus)
  • Warfarin, a type of blood tinner.

Fenofibrate - Additional Information

  • Updated on 10/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup
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