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Fenofibric acid

Generic Name: fenofibric acid (FEN oh FYE brik AS id)
Brand Name: Fibricor, Trilipix
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Drug Information:
Fenofibric acid helps reduce Cholesterol and triglyceRides (fatty acids) in the blood. High levels of these types of fat in the blood are associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). Fenofibric acid is sometimes given together with other Cholesterol-lowering medications. Fenofibric acid may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. You should not take fenofibric acid if you have liver disease, gallbladder disease, severe kidney disease, or if you are breastfeeding a baby. Learn more

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Fenofibric acid Side Effects

In Summary

More frequently reported side effects include: thrombophlebitis, abnormal hepatic function tests, and increased serum alanine aminotransferase. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to fenofibric acid: oral capsule delayed release, oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, fenofibric acid may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking fenofibric acid:

More common

  • Body aches or pain
  • chills
  • cough
  • difficulty with breathing
  • ear congestion
  • fever
  • headache
  • loss of voice
  • nasal congestion
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Less common

  • Bladder pain
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • blurred vision
  • cough producing mucus
  • diarrhea
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • difficulty with moving
  • dizziness
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle aching or cramping
  • muscle or bone pain
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • muscle spasms
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • pain in the arms or legs
  • pounding in the ears
  • shivering
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • sweating
  • swollen joints
  • tightness in the chest
  • trouble sleeping
  • vomiting

Some side effects of fenofibric acid may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to fenofibric acid: oral delayed release capsule, oral tablet

General

The most frequently reported side effects were abnormal liver function tests, AST increased, ALT increased, creatine phosphokinase increased, and rhinitis.

Musculoskeletal

Common (1% to 10%): Back pain, arthralgia, myalgia, pain in extremity

Postmarketing reports: Rhabdomyolysis, muscle spasm

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia

Postmarketing reports: Pancreatitis

Hepatic

Common (1% to 10%): Liver function tests abnormal, ALT increased, AST increased

Postmarketing reports: Hepatitis, cirrhosis

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Respiratory disorder, rhinitis, nasopharyngitis, sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infection

Postmarketing reports: Interstitial lung disease

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, dizziness

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Creatine phosphokinase increased, pain

Postmarketing reports: Asthenia

Hematologic

Postmarketing reports: Anemia, hemoglobin decreased, hematocrit decreased, WBC decreased

Renal

Postmarketing reports: Acute renal failure, renal failure

Metabolic

Postmarketing reports: High density lipoprotein cholesterol levels severely depressed

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Urticaria, rash

Postmarketing reports: Photosensitivity reactions

Photosensitivity reactions have been reported days to months after initiation; in some cases, patients had reported a prior photosensitivity reaction to ketoprofen.

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Fenofibric Acid (www.drugs.com/mtm/fenofibric-acid.html).