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Antara Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is fenofibrate (Antara)?
- What are the possible side effects of fenofibrate?
- What is the most important information I should know about fenofibrate?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking fenofibrate?
- How should I take fenofibrate?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking fenofibrate?
- What other drugs will affect fenofibrate?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking fenofibrate?
You should not use fenofibrate if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- liver disease;
- severe kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
- gallbladder disease;
- if you are breast-feeding a baby.
To make sure fenofibrate is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney disease;
- heart disease;
- a thyroid disorder; or
- a history of pancreatitis or liver disease.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether fenofibrate will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Fenofibrate can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not breast-feed while taking fenofibrate.
How should I take fenofibrate?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Some brands of fenofibrate should be taken with meals to help your body better absorb the medicine. Other brands may be taken with or without food. Follow the directions on your medicine label.
Use fenofibrate regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
If you also take cholestyramine, colesevelam, colestipol: these other medicines should be taken at least 1 hour after or 4 hours before you take fenofibrate.
Fenofibrate is only part of a treatment program that may also include diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your doctor's instructions very closely.
While using fenofibrate, you may need frequent blood tests at your doctor's office. Your liver and gallbladder function may also need to be tested.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the tablets in their original container, along with the packet or canister of moisture-absorbing preservative.
Additional Antara Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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