Fibricor

Fibricor is used to lower cholesterol. Fibricor should be used together with lifestyle changes such as diet, weight-loss, and exercise.

Fibricor Overview

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Fibricor is a prescription medication used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides (a type of fat) and to increase HDL ("good") cholesterol in the blood. It may be used alone or with other cholesterol-lowering medications. Fibricor belongs to a group of drugs called fibrates. These work by increasing the activity of an enzyme involved in removing triglycerides and cholesterols from the body.

This medication comes in tablet form and is taken once a day, with or without food.

Common side effects of Fibricor include headaches, heartburn, nausea, and muscle aches.

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Uses of Fibricor

Fibricor is a prescription medicine used to lower cholesterol in the blood by lowering the total amount of triglycerides and LDL ("bad") cholesterol and increasing the HDL ("good") cholesterol.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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Fibricor Drug Class

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Side Effects of Fibricor

Serious side effects have been reported with Fibricor. See the "Fibricor Precautions" section.

Common side effects of Fibricor include:

  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • heartburn
  • pain in the back, arm, or legs

This is not a complete list of Fibricor side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Fibricor Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • anticoagulants ("blood thinners") such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)
  • colchicine (Colcrys, in Col-Probenecid)
  • diuretics ('water pills')
  • beta blockers such as atenolol (Tenormin), labetalol (Normodyne), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL), nadolol (Corgard), and propranolol (Inderal)
  • HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (cholesterol-lowering agents) such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor)
  • hormone replacement therapy
  • hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills, patches, implants, rings, and injections)
  • immunosuppressants such as cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral) and tacrolimus (Prograf)

This is not a complete list of Fibricor drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Fibricor Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with Fibricor, including:

  • weakness
  • muscle pain or tenderness
  • joint pain
  • fever
  • blistering or peeling skin
  • rash
  • hives
  • pain in the upper back or under the right shoulder
  • stomach pain, especially in the upper right part of the stomach
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • shortness or breath
  • pain when breathing
  • coughing up blood

Do not take Fibricor if you:

  • are allergic to Fibricor or to any of its ingredients
  • have severe kidney disease or are receiving dialysis
  • have liver disease
  • have gallbladder disease
  • are breastfeeding

Fibricor Food Interactions

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Fibricor, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.

Inform MD

Before taking Fibricor, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to Fibricor or to any of its ingredients
  • have ever had kidney disease
  • have ever had liver disease
  • have ever had gallbladder disease
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.

Fibricor and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X - are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when this mediation is taken during pregnancy.

Fibricor falls into category C. In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication and had some babies born with problems. No well-controlled studies have been done in humans. Therefore, this medication may be used if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the potential risks to the unborn child.

Fibricor and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

Fibricor should not be used by nursing mothers. A decision should be made whether to stop nursing or to stop using Fibricor, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Fibricor Usage

Take Fibricor exactly as prescribed.

This medication comes in tablet form and is taken once a day, with or without food.

You should follow a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet while you take Fibricor.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take 2 doses of Fibricor at the same time.

Fibricor Dosage

Take Fibricor exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The dose your doctor recommends may be based on the following:

  • the condition being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication

The recommended dose of Fibricor for the treatment of high cholesterol is 105 mg daily.

The recommended dose range of Fibricor for the treatment of high triglycerides is 35 mg to 105 mg daily.

Fibricor Overdose

If you take too much Fibricor, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center or seek emergency medical treatment right away.

If Fibricor is administered by a healthcare provider in a medical setting, it is unlikely that an overdose will occur. However, if overdose is suspected, seek emergency medical attention.

Other Requirements

  • Store Fibricor at room temperature, between 68° and 77° F (20° and 25° C).
  • Protect Fibricor from exposure to light.