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Antara Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Antara, Fenoglide, Lipofen, Lofibra, TriCor, Triglide
Generic Name: fenofibrate (Pronunciation: FEN oh FYE brate)
- 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 is fenofibrate (Antara)?
Fenofibrate 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).
Fenofibrate is used to treat high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels.
Fenofibrate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Fenofibrate 134 mg-GLO
capsule, white, imprinted with G 0522
Fenofibrate 160 mg-GLO
oblong, white, imprinted with G352
Fenofibrate 200 mg-GLO
capsule, orange, imprinted with G 0533
Fenofibrate 54 mg-GLO
oval, yellow, imprinted with G, 351
Fenofibrate 67 mg-GLO
capsule, yellow, imprinted with G0511
Tricor 145 mg
oblong, white, imprinted with a, FO, LOGO
Tricor 160 mg
oblong, white, imprinted with a, TC
Tricor 200 mg
capsule, orange, imprinted with a, SR
Tricor 48 mg
oblong, yellow, imprinted with a, FI
Tricor 54 mg
oblong, yellow, imprinted with a, TA
What are the possible side effects of fenofibrate?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
In rare cases, fenofibrate can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.
Stop using fenofibrate and call your doctor at once if you have:
- severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate;
- easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
- chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood; or
- pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs.
Common side effects may include:
- mild stomach pain;
- back pain;
- headache; or
- runny or stuffy nose.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Antara (fenofibrate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about fenofibrate?
You should not use fenofibrate if you are allergic to it, or if you have liver disease, gallbladder disease, severe kidney disease, or if you are on dialysis.
Do not take fenofibrate if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Before you take fenofibrate, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, a thyroid disorder, or a history of pancreatitis or liver disease.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels, and may also damage your liver while you are taking fenofibrate.
Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.
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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