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Bezalip is a prescription medication used to treat high cholesterol and other lipid disorders. It is also known as Bezafibrate and available in different formulations like 200 mg and 400 mg.
Bezafibrate belongs to the class of drugs known as fibrates. It works by reducing the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and is used in combination with dietary and lifestyle changes.
Bezalip may also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that could potentially protect against cardiovascular disease. Bezalip is used in combination with dietary and lifestyle changes to manage high lipid levels and should only be used under the supervision of a medical professional. It may increase the risk of pancreatitis, liver problems, and gallstones.
Use and Dosage
Bezalip comes in the form of tablet to take by mouth as directed by yoyr doctor. Swallow it with a drink of water. Do not chew, crush, or break it. Bezalip 200mg Tablet is to be taken with food. Take the tablets with, or after, meals. Try to take bezafibrate at the same times of day each day, as it will help you to remember to take your doses. Take the tablets with or immediately after a meal.
The recommended dosage of Bezalip varies depending on the type of tablet, but typically ranges from one tablet daily to three tablets daily. The sustained-release tablet, Bezalip SR, is typically prescribed as one 400 mg tablet daily, while the immediate-release tablet, Bezalip, is typically prescribed as one 200 mg tablet three times daily. Dosage adjustments may be necessary for patients with chronic kidney disease.
Take Bezalip tablet 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.
Common Side Effects of Bezalip (Bezafibrate):
- Abdominal pain
Serious Side Effects of Bezalip (Bezafibrate):
- Decreased urine production
- Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if accompanied by fever and feeling unwell
- Persistent and severe upper abdominal pain
- Severe skin rash (blisters, peeling)
- Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction (hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, or throat)
- Symptoms of liver problems (e.g., yellow eyes or skin, dark urine, loss of appetite)
Forms and Strength
Bezalip (Bezafibrate) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 200 mg
- 400 mg
- Liver problems: Bezalip may cause liver problems and should not be used in people with severe liver disease or liver function tests that are significantly elevated.
- Gallbladder problems: The use of fibrates, including Bezalip, may increase the risk of developing gallstones. Bezalip should be used with caution in people with a history of gallbladder disease.
- Pancreatitis: Bezalip may increase the risk of developing pancreatitis, a condition that causes inflammation of the pancreas. Bezalip should be used with caution in people with a history of pancreatitis.
- Kidney problems: Bezalip should be used with caution in people with kidney problems, as it may worsen kidney function.
- Muscle problems: Bezalip may cause muscle problems, including muscle pain, weakness, and inflammation. This medication should be used with caution in people with a history of muscle problems or those taking other medications that may increase the risk of muscle problems.
- Hypersensitivity: Bezalip should not be used in people who are allergic to bezafibrate or other fibrates.
- Blood disorders: Bezalip may affect blood clotting and should be used with caution in people with bleeding disorders or those taking blood thinners.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Bezalip should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding, as it may harm the unborn baby or pass into breast milk.
- Surgery: The use of fibrates, including Bezalip, should be temporarily stopped before surgery to reduce the risk of bleeding.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Bezalip be taken with other medications?
Bezalip may interact with other medications, inform your doctor about all medications, supplements, and herbal remedies you are taking before starting treatment.
How long does it take for Bezalip to start working?
Bezalip may take several weeks to start working, continue taking the medication as directed by your doctor.
Can Bezalip be used to treat familial hypercholesterolemia?
No, Bezalip is not effective in treating familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic condition that causes high cholesterol levels.
Can I drink alcohol while taking Bezalip?
Drinking alcohol may increase the risk of liver problems while taking Bezalip, discuss alcohol use with your doctor before starting treatment.
Are there any dietary restrictions while taking Bezalip?
There are no specific dietary restrictions while taking Bezalip, follow a healthy diet and lifestyle to manage cholesterol levels.
It's important to purchase Bezalip from verified Canadian pharmacy.