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Trilipix is a prescription medication used to treat high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels in the blood. Elevated levels of these types of fat in the blood are associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). It is sometimes given together with other cholesterol-lowering medications.
Trilipix contains an active ingredient called fenofibric acid. Fenofibric acid belongs to a group of drugs known as "fibrates." It works by reducing the amount of triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood and increasing the amount of HDL (good) cholesterol.
Uses and Dosage
Fenofibric Acid is prescribed as a tablet to be taken orally, with or without food, depending on your doctor's instructions, once a day. Swallow the capsules whole. Do not crush, break, or chew the capsules as doing so can release all the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Your dose is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
If you are taking certain other drugs to lower your cholesterol such as bile acid-binding resins, take fenofibric acid at least 1 hour before or 4 to 6 hours after taking these medications. These drugs can bind to fenofibric acid, preventing your body from fully absorbing the drug.
To get the most benefit from this medication, take it regularly at the same time each day. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your cholesterol/triglycerides level will not lower faster, and you may increase the risk of side effects. Keep taking this medication even if you feel well. It may take up to 2 months before you get the full benefit of this medication.
Remember to also follow your doctor's advice about diet and exercise to further support the medication's effectiveness.
Common Side Effects of Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid):
- Abnormal laboratory tests
- Runny nose
Serious Side Effects of Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid):
- 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 (jaundice)
Form and Strength
Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) is available in the following forms and strength:
Fenofibric Acid: DR (Delayed Release) Capsule
- 45 mg
- 135 mg
Fenofibric Acid: DR (Delayed Release) Capsule
- 135 mg
- Fenofibric acid may increase the risk of experiencing serious muscle problems, particularly when used with certain other medications. Patients should contact their healthcare provider immediately if they experience any muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness, especially if these symptoms are accompanied by fever or dark-colored urine.
- Trilipix may cause liver problems and patients should have their liver function checked before starting the medication and periodically while taking it.
- Fenofibric acid may increase the risk of developing gallstones. Patients who experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting should contact their healthcare provider.
- Trilipix may interact with other medications, including blood-thinning medications like warfarin, potentially increasing the risk of bleeding.
- Patients with kidney problems may require lower doses of Trilipix, as the medication is eliminated from the body through the kidneys.
- Fenofibric acid may increase the risk of developing pancreatitis, a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. Patients who experience severe abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting should seek medical attention immediately.
- Trilipix may cause an increase in blood sugar levels, particularly in patients with diabetes. Patients who experience symptoms of high blood sugar, such as frequent urination, increased thirst, or blurry vision, should contact their healthcare provider.
- Fenofibric acid may cause an allergic reaction in some patients, characterized by symptoms such as rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, throat, or tongue. Patients who experience these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
- Trilipix may cause dizziness or fainting, particularly when rising from a seated or lying position. Patients who feel lightheaded or who experience fainting should contact their healthcare provider.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take for Trilipix to start working?
Trilipix may start to work within a few weeks, but it may take several months to see the full benefits.
Can Trilipix be stopped abruptly, or wean off of the medication gradually?
Discuss any plans to stop Trilipix with a healthcare provider. Suddenly stopping the medication can increase the risk of serious complications.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Trilipix?
If a dose of Trilipix is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible. However, if the missed dose is closer in time to the next scheduled dose, patients should skip the missed dose and resume their regular dosing schedule.
Can Trilipix be used to treat other conditions besides high cholesterol and high triglycerides?
Trilipix is primarily used to treat high cholesterol and high triglycerides and is not typically prescribed for other conditions.
It's important to purchase Trilipix from verified Canadian pharmacy.