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Antara (Generic Fenofibrate)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

To lower levels of fatty substances like cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and to boost levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein; a type of fatty material that lowers the risk of heart disease), fenofibrate is sometimes used with a low-fat diet, exercise, and other drugs. Atherosclerosis, a condition where cholesterol and lipids accumulate along artery walls, reduces blood flow and, consequently, oxygen delivery to the heart, brain, and other organs. Heart disease, angina (chest discomfort), strokes, and heart attacks are all become more likely as a result. The risk of heart attacks or strokes has not proved to be reduced by fenofibrate, despite the fact that it lowers the levels of fatty compounds in blood. The drug fenofibrate belongs to the group of drugs known as antilipemic agents. It functions by accelerating the body’s normal processes for eliminating cholesterol.

How should this medicine be used?

Fenofibrate is available as a tablet, a delayed-release (long-acting) capsule, and a capsule for oral administration. Typically, it is given once day. Fenoglide, Lipofen, and Lofibra are a few fenofibrate products that should be taken with food. Antara, Fibricor, Tricor, Triglide, and Trilipix are examples of other brands that can be taken with or without food. If you are unsure if you should take your prescription with meals, see your doctor or pharmacist. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Fenofibrate should only be used as prescribed. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.

In order to measure the amount of fatty compounds in your blood, your doctor will likely start you on an average dose of fenofibrate. Depending on the findings of these tests, your doctor may then increase or reduce your dose. If your test results do not improve after two months, your doctor might advise you to stop taking fenofibrate.

Do not split, chew, or crush the delayed-release pills; instead, swallow them whole.

Do not use any cracked or chipped Triglide tablets if you are taking them.

Only if you continue taking fenofibrate will it assist reduce the level of fatty compounds in your blood. Even if you are feeling good, keep taking fenofibrate. Without consulting your doctor, do not stop taking fenofibrate.

Other uses for this medicine

Other prescriptions for this drug are possible. For more information, consult your physician or pharmacist.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking fenofibrate,

  • If you have an allergy to any fenofibrate products, any other drugs, or any of the substances in the fenofibrate product you’re taking, let your doctor and pharmacist know right once. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are currently taking or intend to use. Incorporate any of the following: beta blockers like atenolol (Tenormin), labetalol (Normodyne), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL), nadolol (Corgard), and propranolol (Inderal); diuretics (water pills); warfarin (Coumadin), colchicine (Colcrys, in Col-Probenecid); hormone replacement therapy, hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills, patches, implants, rings, and injections), HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (cholesterol-lowering medications) such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor), and immunosuppressants such as cyclosporine (Prograf). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • Take it one hour after or 4-6 hours before taking fenofibrate if you are taking a bile acid resin like cholestyramine (Questran), colesevelam (WelChol), or colestipol (Colestid).
  • If you have or have previously had kidney, liver, or gallbladder illness, let your doctor know. Most likely, your doctor will advise against using fenofibrate.
  • Inform your doctor if you regularly consume excessive amounts of alcohol, have ever had diabetes, or have ever had hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland).
  • If you are pregnant or want to become pregnant, let your doctor know. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking fenofibrate.
  • Inform your doctor if you are nursing a child. When taking fenofibrate, you should not breastfeed.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Consume a diet low in fat and cholesterol. Make sure to abide by all dietary and exercise advice given to you by your physician or nutritionist. For more dietary advice, you can also refer to the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) website.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects are possible with fenofibrate. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Back, arm, and/or leg pain
  • Headache
  • Aching joints

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever; weakness or soreness in the muscles
  • Skin that is stinging or peeling
  • Rash, fever, respiratory issues, altered urination, and stomach ache
  • Hives
  • Stomach ache, particularly in the upper right quadrant of the stomach; nausea; vomiting; pain in the upper back between the shoulder blades or beneath the right shoulder
  • Pain, discomfort, swelling, or warmth in one leg
  • Breathlessness, breathing pain, and bloody cough
  • Face, throat, tongue, lips, and eyelids swelling; trouble breathing or swallowing; hoarseness

Other negative effects of fenofibrate could exist. If you experience any unusual issues while taking fenofibrate, contact your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To determine how you are responding to fenofibrate, your doctor will request a few laboratory tests.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Antara®
  • Fenoglide®
  • Lipidil®
  • Lipofen®
  • TriCor®
  • Triglide®
  • Trilipix®
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