Mild side effects of Fenofibrate
Mild Fenofibrate side effects include:
- mild stomach pain
- back pain
- runny nose or stuffy nose
Severe Fenofibrate side effects
Severe Fenofibrate side effects require immediate termination of drug usage and urgent medical attention. Severe Fenofibrate side effects include:
- serious allergic reactions such as difficult breathing
- hives or swelling
- severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back
- nausea and vomiting
- fast heartbeats
- easy bruising
- unusual bleeding (in your vagina, mouth or nose)
- chest pain
- sudden cough
- rapid breathing
- coughing up blood
What is Fenofibrate used for?
Fenofibrate is a medication that helps to reduce triglycerides (fatty acids) and cholesterol levels in the blood. If you have a high level of triglycerides or cholesterol in your blood, your risks are more likely to clogged arteries (atherosclerosis).
Fenofibrate Interactions and Risks
- You ever presented allergic reactions to this medication.
- You have liver disorder, severe kidney disorder or gallbladder disease.
- You are on dialysis.
- You have kidney disorder, diabetes, a thyroid disease, any heart condition or a history of liver disorder or pancreatitis. All of these conditions must be reported to your doctor before starting to use Fenofibrate, in order to make sure that you can safely take this medication along with these illnesses, without any problems.
- You are a regular alcohol consumer. Alcohol must be avoided during your treatment period with Fenofibrate. If you combine alcohol with this drug, this combination will increase your triglyceride level and might also cause liver damage while you’re treating yourself with Fenofibrate.
- You encounter unexplained muscle pain, unusual tenderness, weakness, fever or dark urine. If you encounter any of these symptoms, you must consult your doctor immediately. These signs may be the symptoms of kidney failure that was caused by a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue.
- You are currently treating yourself with Cholestyramine, Colesevelam or Colestipol. These three mentioned drugs are prohibited to take in the same time with Fenofibrate. After taking any of these three drugs, you must wait at least 4 to 6 hours before taking Fenofibrate.
- You are good friends with alcohol. This must be avoided during your treatment period with Fenofibrate. Alcohol combined with this medication may increase your triglyceride levels but may also lead to liver damage.
Fenofibrate and pregnancy
Fenofibrate received a category C rating from the FDA but it not proven if this medication is expected to be harmful to the infant or not. Because the safety of this medication during pregnancy is unknown, you are forbidden to start using it without medical advice, if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Fenofibrate and breastfeeding
Fenofibrate can pass into breast milk and it’s also considered to be dangerous to the nursing baby. You are not allowed to start using this medication during breastfeeding without medical attention.
If you believe you have taken too much Fenofibrate, you must consult your doctor urgently.