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Trilipix Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Trilipix (fenofibric acid) is a lipid regulating agent used to treat high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels. It is sometimes given together with other cholesterol-lowering medications. Trilipix is available in generic form. Common side effects of Trilipix include nausea, upset stomach, headache, dizziness, back pain, joint pain, or cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, or sore throat.
The dose of Trilipix ranges from 45 to 135 mg once daily, depending on the patient's condition. Dosage is individualized according to patient response. Trilipix may interact with cyclosporine, blood thinners, diuretics (water pills), birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, or beta-blockers. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Trilipix is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm a fetus. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended.
Our Trilipix (fenofibric acid) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
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.
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Trilipix in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
In rare cases, fenofibric acid can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Stop taking fenofibric acid and 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.
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 fenofibric acid and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- sharp stomach pain spreading to your back or shoulder blade;
- stomach pain just after eating a meal;
- nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs; or
- chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, fast heart rate.
Less serious side effects may include:
- headache, dizziness;
- back pain;
- joint pain;
- diarrhea, upset stomach; or
- cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid Capsules)
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Trilipix Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
This medication may infrequently cause gallstones and liver problems. If you notice any of the following unlikely but very serious side effects, tell your doctor immediately: persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin.
This drug may infrequently cause muscle problems (which can rarely lead to a very serious condition called rhabdomyolysis). Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms: muscle pain/tenderness/weakness (especially with fever or unusual tiredness), change in the amount of urine.
Rarely, this medication has caused severe lowering of HDL ("good" cholesterol) levels. This is the opposite of what should happen to your HDL levels (paradoxical reaction). Your HDL cholesterol levels should be checked regularly. Keep all of your laboratory appointments.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: easy bleeding/bruising, signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat), chest pain, pain/redness/swelling of arms or legs.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid Capsules)
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Trilipix FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Clinical Trials Experience
Because clinical studies are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical studies of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical studies of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.
Fenofibric acid is the active metabolite of fenofibrate. Adverse events reported by 2% or more of patients treated with fenofibrate and greater than placebo during double-blind, placebocontrolled trials are listed in Table 1. Adverse events led to discontinuation of treatment in 5.0% of patients treated with fenofibrate and in 3.0% treated with placebo. Increases in liver tests were the most frequent events, causing discontinuation of fenofibrate treatment in 1.6% of patients in double-blind trials.
Table 1: Adverse Events Reported by 2% or More of
Patients Treated with Fenofibrate and Greater than Placebo During the
Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trials
|BODY SYSTEM Adverse Event||Fenofibrate*
(N = 439)
(N = 365)
|BODY AS A WHOLE|
|Abnormal Liver Tests||7.5%||1.4%|
|Increased Creatine Phosphokinase||3.0%||1.4%|
|* Dosage equivalent to 135 mg Trilipix|
Clinical trials with Trilipix did not include a placebo-control arm. However, the adverse event profile of Trilipix was generally consistent with that of fenofibrate. The following adverse events not listed above were reported in ≥ 3% of patients taking Trilipix alone:
Gastrointestinal Disorders: Diarrhea, dyspepsia
General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions: Pain
Nervous System Disorders: Dizzinesss
The following adverse events have been identified during postapproval use of fenofibrate: rhabdomyolysis, pancreatitis, renal failure, muscle spasms, acute renal failure, hepatitis, cirrhosis, anemia, asthenia, and severely depressed HDL-cholesterol levels.
Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid Capsules)
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