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(fen oh fye' brate)
Before taking fenofibrate,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to any fenofibrate products, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in the fenofibrate product you are taking. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, or herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin); 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); and immunosuppressants such as cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral) and tacrolimus (Prograf). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- if you are taking a bile acid resin such as cholestyramine (Questran), colesevelam (WelChol), or colestipol (Colestid), take it 1 hour after or 4-6 hours before you take fenofibrate.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney, liver, or gallbladder disease. Your doctor will probably tell you not to take fenofibrate.
- tell your doctor if you drink or have ever drunk large amounts of alcohol and if you have or have ever had diabetes or hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland).
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking fenofibrate, call your doctor.
- tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You should not breast-feed while you are taking fenofibrate.
- pain in the back, arm, or legs
- muscle pain or tenderness
- joint pain
- blistering or peeling skin
- pain in the upper back between the shoulder blades or under the right shoulder
- stomach pain, especially in the upper right part of the stomach
- redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, or warmth in one leg
- shortness of breath
- pain when breathing
- coughing up blood