Gemfibrozil is a specially formulated medication that is meant to reduce triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood. It is believed that the high levels of these types of fat in the blood are linked with a bigger threat of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). The use of medicine is best to be made with diet to reduce bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with pancreatitis.
The use of medicine is also meant to lessen the risk of stroke, heart failure, or other problems in people who have not been treated by other methods.
This medication guide may not include complete purposes of gemfibrozil but still contains most of them.
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The use of medicine should not be made if you have severe kidney or liver disease, or gallbladder disease. Besides, if you are using repaglinide or simvastatin (Vytorin, Zocor, Simcor,Juvisync) then also avoid taking this medicine.
Before taking this medicine
Before taking Gemfibrozil tell your doctor if are suffering from kidney or liver disease, or gallbladder disease. Besides, if you are taking repaglinide or simvastatin (Vytorin, Zocor, Simcor,Juvisync) then also tell your health care provider to avoid the risk of side effects.
To make sure that the medicine is safe for you tell your doctor about your poor medical history, including gallstones problems, and use ofa blood thinner (Coumadin, warfarin, Jantoven).
FDA pregnancy category C
It is still unknown whether gemfibrozilwill suit the going-to-be born baby or not. So, if you are pregnant or planning to become one then tell your doctor whileusing this medicine.
It is also not known whether gemfibrozil passes into breast milk or if could create trouble a feeding baby. Therefore it is good not to breastfeed a child while using the medicine.
Gemfibrozil side effects
Even though the intake of Gemfibrozilis tolerable for the patient but there are situations when an emergency medical help may be needed. These include difficulty breathing, swelling on lips, throat, tongue or face.
There are situations when the use of medicine can cause the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, resulting in kidney damage. Further, you should also call your health care provider if you do not know the reason behind muscle aching, sensitivity, or weakness particularly if you suffer from unusual tiredness, fever, and dark colored urine.
Call your doctor immediately in case you find following symptoms:
- Feeling short of breath
- Severe pain in lower back
- Rapid weight gain
- Red or swollen gums
- Dark urine
- Urinating less than normal
- Severe pain in upper stomach
Other Side Effects:
- Mild skin rash
- Flu symptoms
- Impotence, or less interest in sex
The above may not be a complete list of side effects. In case you find some unusual side effects then call your doctor immediately or report about the same to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 FREE.
What other drugs will affect gemfibrozil?
There are certain drugs that may interact with gemfibrozil, including over-the-counter medicines, prescription, herbal products, and vitamins. Hence it is important to meet your doctor and inform about the same to avoid the risk of side effects. Some of these medications include:
a “statin” cholesterol-lowering drug– fluvastatin (Lescol), atorvastatin (Lipitor, Caduet), pitavastatin (Livalo), lovastatin (Mevacor,Advicor, Altoprev), simvastatin (Zocor, Vytorin,Simcor) or (pravastatin (Pravachol),rosuvastatin (Crestor), or colchicine.
What happens if I miss a dose?
In case you miss a dose then take the skipped dose as soon as remembers. But the missed dose should only be taken if the next dose is not scheduled to avoid the side effects of overdose.
What happens if I overdose?
In case you take overdose of Gemfibrozil then report about the same at the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 FREE
What should I avoid while taking gemfibrozil?
While taking the medicine you should avoid the intake of high-fat meals. You should only eat a cholesterol-lowering diet. Besides, the use of alcohol is also strictly discouraged with the use of gemfibrozil.
How should I take gemfibrozil?
Take gemfibrozil as recommended by the doctor, half an hour before breakfast and dinner twice daily.
It is very important for the patient to listen to all the instructions given by the doctor carefully and follow the religiously. Besides, the treatment using gemfibrozilalso includes planned diet, exercise and weight management.
While using the medicine your doctor may also ask for frequent blood test as well as check-up ofkidney and liver function.
Gemfibrozil should not be freezed. It should be kept at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.