Our Tricor Medication Monograph
This Tricor Medication Monograph is presented courtesy of Canadian-Online-Prescription-Guide.com.
IMPORTANT NOTE: THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS ONLY INTENDED TO SUPPLEMENT, NOT SUBSTITUTE FOR, THE EXPERTISE AND JUDGMENT OF YOUR PHYSICIAN, PHARMACIST OR OTHER HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL FAMILIAR WITH YOUR CONDITION. THIS INFORMATION SHOULD NOT BE CONStrUED TO STATE OR IMPLY THAT USE OF THE DRUG IS SAFE, APPROPRIATE, OR EFFECTIVE FOR YOUR CONDITION. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL BEFORE USING THIS OR ANY OTHER DRUG.
Tricor (Fenofibrate) Uses
Tricor (Fenofibrate) is used for patients with lipid disorders and high cholesterol. Tricor is taken together with a low-fat diet.
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How Tricor (Fenofibrate) Works
The exact mechanism of action of Tricor (Fenofibrate) is unkown. Tricor (Fenofibrate) is believed to inhibit triglyceride manufacture by the body. This results in lower levels of triglycerides and VLDL and reduces the risk of hardening of the arteries.
How To Take Tricor (Fenofibrate)
Tricor (Fenofibrate) should be taken with food, with a full glass of water. Take at the same time every day.
Tricor (Fenofibrate) Possible Side Effects
Tricor (Fenofibrate) is generally well-tolerated and side effects are usually mild. Stomach pain, nausea, constipation, gas, headache or dizziness may occur with Tricor (Fenofibrate) Use. If the side effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor.
More serious side effects include muscle pain, tenderness, weakness, flu-like symptoms, unusual tiredness, fever, joint pain, itching or rash. Report these side effects promptly to your doctor.
Tricor (Fenofibrate) Warnings and Precautions
Notify your doctor promptly if you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness.
Also tell your doctor if you have diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, gallbladder disease, low thyroid or muscle disorders before taking Tricor (Fenofibrate).
Do not drive or perform other potentially dangerous activities until you know how Tricor affects you.
Avoid excessive exposure to the sun. Wear sunscreen and protective clothing.
Keep all your lab appointments. Your doctor will check your blood periodically to track your progress.
Seek immediate medical attention if you have an allergic reacttion to Tricor (Fenofibrate). Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizzyness or trouble breathing.
Tricor (Fenofibrate) Drug Interactions
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other cholesterol-lowering drugs ("statins"), cyclosporine, anticoagulants (blood thinners) and bile sequestrants (colestipol or cholestyramine).
If you miss a dose of Tricor (Fenofibrate), take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take double doses...
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Keep out of reach of children. Store at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw out medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
Tricor (Fenofibrate) Pregnancy/Nursing Precautions
Tricor (Fenofibrate) should not be used during pregnancy. If you suspect that you may be pregnant, talk to your doctor. For nursing mothers, it is unknown whether Fenofibrate is excreted in the breast milk. It is advised not to breast-feed while taking Fenofibrate.
Tricor (Fenofibrate) Dietary Supplement Recommendations
Anyone taking any cholesterol or lipid medication, such as Tricor (Fenofibrate), should supplement CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 is essential for healthy heart function. Your body normally makes CoQ10. One of the raw materials for CoQ10 production is cholesterol. To support your healthy heart function, you must supplement CoQ10.
Anyone with heart disease should also supplement Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), and Folic Acid or Folate. These nutrients suppress high Homocysteine levels. Elevated Homocysteine is consider by some experts to be more dangerous to heart health than cholesterol. Elevated Homocysteine levels essentially "rough up" the surface of blood vessels, making it easier for plaques to stick.
A good B Complex is usually enough to lower Homocysteine levels to a safe concentration. Consider Folic Acid supplemention for the same reason.
Another supplement worth considering is Policosanol. This natural supplement is made from sugar cane stems and will often positively affect (ie, lower) cholesterol levels. Some studies found a 14 percent reduction.
Garlic is another supplement shown to help promote healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Adding garlic and policosanol to your diet might even save money on your prescription drug bill.
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