|Foreign Brand Names|
|Abitrate® (Canada); Claripex® (Canada); Novo-Fibrate®
Antilipemic Agent (Fibric Acid)|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to clofibrate or any other part of the
- If you have any of the following conditions: Liver or kidney disease,
primary biliary cirrhosis.
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used in combination with diet to decrease
triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL).
- Good cholesterol (HDL) levels may also
|How does it work?|
- Clofibrate decreases the liver's production of triglycerides and bad
cholesterol (low density lipoprotein). It is not known how the good cholesterol
(high density lipoprotein) is
|How is it best taken?|
- Take 30 minutes before breakfast and
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Check medicines with healthcare provider. Other cholesterol-lowering
agents may not mix well with this medicine.
- Avoid alcohol intake (includes wine, beer, and liquor). It can make
- If you are on warfarin (blood thinner), you will require more frequent
monitoring with this medicine.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Feeling sleepy or unable to think clearly. Avoid driving, doing other
tasks or activities that require you to be alert until you see how this medicine
- Belly pain, heartburn, and cramps.
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may
|What should I monitor?|
- Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare
- Check lipid (cholesterol) panel. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Check prothrombin time or INR if you are taking warfarin. Talk with
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Severe stomach discomfort, nausea/vomiting.
- Unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight, light-resistant container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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