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Juxtapid Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Juxtapid
Generic Name: lomitapide (Pronunciation: loe MI ta pide)
- What is lomitapide (Juxtapid)?
- What are the possible side effects of lomitapide (Juxtapid)?
- What is the most important information I should know about lomitapide (Juxtapid)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking lomitapide (Juxtapid)?
- How should I take lomitapide (Juxtapid)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Juxtapid)?
- What happens if I overdose (Juxtapid)?
- What should I avoid while taking lomitapide (Juxtapid)?
- What other drugs will affect lomitapide (Juxtapid)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is lomitapide (Juxtapid)?
Lomitapide is a cholesterol-lowering medication. It reduces blood levels of "bad" cholesterol, such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or non-high-density liproprotein (non-HDL), as well as a protein that carries bad cholesterol in the blood.
Lomitapide is used together with a low-fat diet and other treatments to lower total cholesterol in people with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (an inherited type of high cholesterol).
It is not known whether lomitapide will lower your risk of heart disease.
Lomitapide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of lomitapide (Juxtapid)?
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.
Stop using lomitapide and call your doctor at once if you have signs of a liver problem, such as:
- nausea, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite;
- dark urine, clay-colored stools; or
- itching, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Common side effects may include:
- vomiting, gas, indigestion, stomach pain;
- diarrhea, constipation;
- chest pain; or
- weight loss.
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 Juxtapid (lomitapide capsules) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about lomitapide (Juxtapid)?
Do not use lomitapide if you are pregnant.
Some medicines can interact with lomitapide and should not be used at the same time. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with lomitapide.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with lomitapide and lead to unwanted side effects. Do not drink grapefruit juice while taking lomitapide.
Stop using lomitapide and call your doctor at once if you have nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
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