In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02289083 ||TEVA-FENOFIBRATE-S 100MG TABLET|
|02289091 ||TEVA-FENOFIBRATE-S 160MG TABLET|
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 certain types of abnormal cholesterol levels.
Fenofibrate 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.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. 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.
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How should I use this medication?
The usual adult dose of microcoated fenofibrate is 160 mg daily with the main meal. The maximum recommended dose is 200 mg daily.
For people with reduced kidney function, the starting dose is 100 mg once daily with the main meal. This starting dose may be gradually increased, if there are no side effects, until the desired effect is reached.
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.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
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?
Teva®-Fenofibrate-S is available as 100 mg and 160 mg capsules.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Fenofibrate (microcoated) 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 pregnant or breast-feeding
- has gallbladder disease
- has had a severe skin reaction to other fibrates or ketoprofen
- has severe kidney disease
- has severe liver disease