In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02239864 ||APO-FENO-MICRO 200MG CAPSULE|
|02243180 ||APO-FENO-MICRO 67MG CAPSULE|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Fenofibrate belongs to the class of medications known as fibrates. It is used in addition to diet and exercise to treat people with abnormal cholesterol levels.
Fenofibrate (micronized) reduces bad cholesterol (low density lipoproteins [LDL] and very low density lipoproteins [VLDL]) and triglycerides in your blood. It also increases good cholesterol (high density lipoprotein [HDL]) levels. Bringing cholesterol levels in the blood into the desired range has been shown to reduce the risks associated with heart disease, such as heart attack.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The usual daily adult dose of micronized fenofibrate is 200 mg. This may be taken as a single 200 mg capsule once daily with or after the main meal. Alternatively, three 67 mg capsules can be taken daily in 2 or 3 divided doses with or after meals. The maximum recommended total daily dose is 200 mg.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each yellow, No. 4 hard gelatin capsule, imprinted "APO 67" contains fenofibrate 67 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate (spray-dried), stearic acid, and talc; capsule shell: colloidal silicon dioxide, D&C Yellow No. 10, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Yellow No. 6, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate, and titanium dioxide; edible black ink on capsule: shellac, dehydrated alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, butyl alcohol, propylene glycol, purified water, strong ammonia solution, and black iron oxide.
Each orange, No. 1 hard gelatin capsule, imprinted "APO 200" contains fenofibrate 200 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate (spray-dried), stearic acid, and talc; capsule shell: colloidal silicon dioxide, D&C Red No. 28, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Yellow No. 6, gelatin, and titanium dioxide; edible black ink on capsule: shellac, dehydrated alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, butyl alcohol, propylene glycol, purified water, strong ammonia solution, and black iron oxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Fenofibrate (micronized) should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to fenofibrate or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is allergic to other medications of the fibrate class (e.g., gemfibrozil, bezafibrate, clofibrate)
- is allergic to peanuts or arachis oil or soya lecithin
- is pregnant or breast-feeding
- has a disorder known as type 1 hyperlipoproteinemia
- has had a severe skin reaction to other fibrates or ketoprofen
- has liver disease, kidney disease, or gallbladder disease
- has acute or chronic pancreatitis