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Generic Name

  • Fenofibrate - Oral.

Brand Names

  • Tricor.

General Information

Fenofibrate is a drug of the fibrate class. The medicine is used for reducing triglycerides and cholesterol. Fenofibrate comes as a capsule to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day with a meal. Fenofibrate is available in capsule form. Fenofibrate is also available as a modified release preparation, which means fenofibrate is released slowly over the day to give a more even effect. Fenofibrate helps in reducing the low density lipoprotein cholesterol and thus raises the level of high density lipoprotein cholesterol in blood. Fenofibrate is recommended only when the other option of reducing lipids or cholesterol fails. However, any other instruction given by your doctor such as diet or exercise should be continued for obtaining better results. It is not known whether fenofibrate passes into breast milk. Studies in animals have shown that high doses of fenofibrate may increase the risk of some kinds of tumors. Therefore, this medicine is not recommended for use during breast-feeding. Avoid alcohol or use it only in moderation while taking fenofibrate. Alcohol can raise triglyceride levels, and it can be damaging to the liver while you are taking fenofibrate.

Fenofibrate Dosage

  • The dose of fenofibrate will be different for different patients.
  • Dosage is adjusted based on your condition and response. The maximum daily dose is 200 mg.

Side Effects of Fenofibrate

Some common side effects reported with this medicine include:

  • Headache.
  • Flu-like symptoms.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Abdominal cramps.
  • Joint pain.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

Warnings and precautions before taking Fenofibrate

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to fenofibrate or any other drugs.
  • If you had or have liver, kidney or gall bladder disease, you should not be prescribed with fenofibrate.
  • Fenofibrate may increase the risk of forming gallstone.
  • If you are allergic to fenofibrate, you should not take the medicine.
  • Avoid alcohol, which may affect liver function.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking fenofibrate, call your doctor.
  • Do not take a double dose of this medication unless your doctor directs otherwise.


  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • The symptoms of overdose of fenofibrate are not known.
  • US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222.



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