Before taking fenofibrate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other "fibrates" (such as fenofibric acid); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as soy, found in some Canadian brands), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, gallbladder disease, liver disease (such as biliary cirrhosis, hepatitis), alcohol use.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor for more details.
It is unknown if Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Storage temperature ranges differ according to different manufacturers, so consult your pharmacist for more information. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Fenofibrate is used along with a proper diet to help lower "bad" cholesterol and fats (such as LDL, triglycerides) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. It belongs to a group of drugs known as "fibrates." It works by increasing the natural substance (enzyme) that breaks down fats in the blood. Lowering triglycerides in people with very high triglyceride blood levels may decrease the risk of pancreas disease (pancreatitis). However, fenofibrate might not lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Talk to your doctor about the risk and benefits of fenofibrate.
In addition to eating a proper diet (such as a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet), other lifestyle changes that may help Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg work better include exercising, drinking less alcohol, losing weight if overweight, and stopping smoking.
Take Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Fenofibrate comes in different types of capsules and tablets which provide different amounts of the medication and may not be interchangeable. Do not switch between different forms or brands of Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg unless directed by your doctor. Some forms of Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg should be taken with food but others may be taken with or without food. Check with your pharmacist about your brand of fenofibrate. It is important to take Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg correctly so that the drug has the greatest benefit.
Dosage of Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
If you also take certain other drugs to lower your cholesterol (bile acid-binding resins such as cholestyramine or colestipol), take fenofibrate at least 1 hour before or at least 4-6 hours after taking these medications. These products can react with fenofibrate, preventing its full absorption.
Take Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it at the same time each day. It is important to continue taking Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg even if you feel well. Most people with high cholesterol/triglycerides do not feel sick.
It is very important to continue to follow your doctor's advice about diet and exercise. It may take up to 2 months before you get the full benefit of Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg do not have serious side effects.
Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg may infrequently cause gallstones and liver problems. If you notice any of the following unlikely but serious side effects, tell your doctor immediately: severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine.
Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg may infrequently cause muscle problems (which can rarely lead to a very serious condition called rhabdomyolysis). Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms: muscle pain/tenderness/weakness (especially with fever or unusual tiredness), change in the amount of urine.
Rarely, Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg has caused severe lowering of HDL ("good" cholesterol) levels. This is the opposite of what should happen to your HDL levels (paradoxical reaction). Your HDL cholesterol levels should be checked regularly. Keep all of your laboratory appointments.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: easy bleeding/bruising, signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat), unusual tiredness, chest pain, pain/redness/swelling of arms or legs.
A very serious allergic reaction to Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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If you miss a dose of Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
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Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with Supralip (Fenofibrate Micronized) 160mg include: "blood thinners" (such as warfarin).