Tricor generically known as Fenofibrate Micronized is a prescription medication to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in individuals with hyperlipidemia (elevated levels of lipids in the blood). Tricor belongs to a class of drugs called (fibrates Fibric Acid Agents). Fenofibrate Micronized work by lowering triglycerides and raising “good” cholesterol levels.
Fenofibrate can be prescribed alone or combined with other medications to lower the amount of bad cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. It can also help raise higher levels of good cholesterol, which helps reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Tricor helps to reduce the amount of fatty substances produced by the liver and increase the elimination of these substances from the body.
Uses and Dosage
Tricor (fenofibrate) is available in a Nano-crystallized tablet form. Typically, Tricor should be taken as directed by a doctor, usually once daily with or without food. Take the medication as instructed and avoid missing doses to obtain the greatest benefit of the drug in managing high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Take Tricor regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed.
The recommended dosage of Fenofibrate Micronized can vary depending on the medical condition of the patient and should be determined by a healthcare provider. However, the typical starting dosage for Fenofibrate Micronized is 160 mg once daily. The maximum dosage can vary between 67 mg to 200 mg per day depending on the severity of the condition being treated.
Common Side Effects of Tricor (Fenofibrate Micronized):
- Runny nose
- Abnormal laboratory tests
Serious Side Effects of Tricor (Fenofibrate Micronized):
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood
- Loss of appetite
- Mouth sores
- Rapid breathing
- Sharp stomach pain spreading to your back or shoulder blade
- Sore throat
- Stomach pain after just having a meal
- Sudden cough
- Swelling, warmth, or redness in an arm or leg
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Form and strength
Tricor (Fenofibrate Micronized) is available in the following forms and strength:
Tricor: Nano crystallized Tablet
- 48 mg
- 145 mg
Fenofibrate Micronized: Tablet
- 54 mg
- 67 mg
- 134 mg
- 145 mg
- 160 mg
- 200 mg
- Fenofibrate should be avoided if you have liver disease, gallbladder disease, severe kidney disease, or if you are currently breast-feeding.
- Avoid eating foods high in fat or cholesterol is accurate as it may impact the effectiveness of fenofibrate. Follow a proper diet, including a low cholesterol/low-fat diet, to enhance the drug’s effectiveness.
- Alcohol consumption should be avoided while taking Tricor as it can increase triglyceride levels and may increase the risk of liver damage in conjunction with fenofibrate usage.
- If you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness while taking fenofibrate, contact your doctor immediately. Because fenofibrate can cause the breakdown of muscle tissue, which can lead to kidney failure. Seek medical attention promptly if you also notice symptoms such as fever, unusual tiredness, or dark urine.
- To avoid potential drug interactions, take fenofibrate at least 1 hour before or 4-6 hours after taking other cholesterol-lowering drugs such as bile acid-binding resins like cholestyramine or cholesterol. This is because these medications have the potential to bind to fenofibrate and reduce its absorption in the body.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Fenofibrate Micronized be taken with other medications?
Fenofibrate Micronized can interact with other medications, so tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, and supplements you are taking before starting treatment with Fenofibrate Micronized.
Is Fenofibrate Micronized safe to take during pregnancy?
Fenofibrate Micronized should not be used during pregnancy as it may harm the developing fetus.
How long does it take for Fenofibrate Micronized to start working?
Fenofibrate Micronized can start to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels within a few weeks of starting treatment.
How long should I take Fenofibrate Micronized?
You should continue to take Fenofibrate Micronized if your doctor recommends it, even if you start feeling better. Stopping the medication too soon can cause a return of high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.