Lopid 300 mg (Gemfibrozil 300 mg)
What is gemfibrozil 300 mg?
gemfibrozil 300 mg 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). gemfibrozil 300 mg is used together with diet to treat very high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with pancreatitis. Gemfibrozil is also used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications in people with high cholesterol and triglycerides who have not been helped by other treatment methods. gemfibrozil 300 mg may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not take gemfibrozil 300 mg if you have severe liver or kidney disease, gallbladder disease, or if you are also taking repaglinide or simvastatin (Zocor, Vytorin, Juvisync, Simcor).
Before taking this medicine
You should not use gemfibrozil 300 mg if you are allergic to it, if you have: severe liver disease; severe kidney disease; gallbladder disease; or if you are also taking repaglinide or simvastatin (Zocor, Vytorin, Juvisync, Simcor). To make sure gemfibrozil 300 mg is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have: a history of gallstones; or if you take a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven). FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether gemfibrozil will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. It is not known whether gemfibrozil 300 mg passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while taking gemfibrozil 300 mg.
How should I take gemfibrozil 300 mg?
Gemfibrozil 300 mg is usually taken twice daily, 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Gemfibrozil 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 Gemfibrozil 300 mg , you may need frequent blood tests to check your liver function. Your kidney function may also need to be tested. Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
gemfibrozil 300 mg dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Hyperlipidemia:
600 mg orally twice a day, 30 minutes before the morning and evening meal.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking gemfibrozil 300 mg?
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. gemfibrozil 300 mg will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may interfere with your treatment.
Gemfibrozil 300 mg side effects
• Increased liver enzymes
• Abdominal pain
What other drugs will affect gemfibrozil 300 mg?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use. Certain other drugs can increase your risk of serious muscle problems, and it is very important that your doctor knows if you are using any of them: colchicine; or a ?statin? cholesterol-lowering medicine?atorvastatin (Lipitor, Caduet), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev, Advicor), pitavastatin (Livalo), (pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), or simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin). This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with gemfibrozil, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.