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Tricor (Fenofibrate)

Description

TriCor is the brand name for the generic drug fenofibrate. This medication is used to decrease cholesterol and fatty acids in the blood that causes clogged arteries. People with high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels are prescribed TriCor. TriCor makes the liver produce less of triglycerides. TriCor is available in the form of tablets in strengths of 48 mg and 145 mg in bottles of 90.

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Recommendations

The person taking TriCor is recommended to follow their diet, exercise and weight control as a part of the therapy to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides. In treating high cholesterol in adults the initial dosage is 145 mg per day. In treating higher levels of triglycerides the initial dose could be between 48 to 145 mg per day. The cholesterol and triglyceride levels are checked after a month or two and the dosage changes recommended. The recommended maximum dosage for treating high triglycerides is 145 mg per day. For patients with renal problems the initial dosage could be 48 mg per day and the function of the kidneys, liver, and gall bladder should be monitored and then dosage can be adjusted.

Precautions

It is advised that people taking TriCor do not take alcohol which can raise the triglyceride levels. Taking alcohol might also damage the liver. Hence people who are taking TriCor should not consume alcohol. If you experience any usually muscle pain contact your doctor immediately. Weakness in muscles or tenderness along with a flu-like feeling or fever must be attended to immediately. People with liver, kidney and gallbladder disease might need a dosage adjustment of TriCor. Adjustment of dosage might also be necessary if you have diabetes or hypothyroidism. Consult your doctor if you have any of these diseases for dosage adjustments. If you have serious side effects like severe stomach pain, nausea or vomiting and unusual weakness stop taking TriCor and contact your doctor immediately. Some less serious side effects like joint pain, rashes, indigestion, and bloating or gas might also occur. If you are taking blood thinner or cyclosporine, or other cholesterol lowering medications, disclose that to your doctor as these drugs might interact with TriCor.

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