Fenofibric acid is used to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.


What is Fenofibric acid?


Fenofibric acid is an agent capable of reducing the levels of blood lipids. It acts by increasing the levels of HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol), promoting the removal of triglycerides from the blood and reducing bad cholesterol levels.


How should Fenofibric acid be taken?


Fenofibric acid is administered orally, usually in the form of pills or tablets.

Its intake should take place as part of a diet suitable for the maintenance of normal blood lipid levels.


Side effects associated with Fenofibric acid


Intake of Fenofibric acid may be associated with myopathy and severe skin reactions.


Among the other possible adverse effects are included:


  • Back ache
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Running nose
  • Stuffy nose


You should immediately contact a doctor if taking Fenofibric acid triggers any of the following symptoms:


  • Rash
  • Urticaria
  • Itching
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain or tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
  • Pain, swelling, redness or tenderness in the legs or calves
  • Coughing up blood
  • Decreased urination
  • Fever, chills or persistent sore throat
  • Pain, tenderness, or muscle weakness
  • Symptoms of kidney problems (such as dark urine or pale stools)
  • Symptoms of pancreatitis
  • Bruising or bleeding
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Fenofibric acid


Fenofibric acid should not be taken in case of gallbladder or liver problems or severe kidney disorders, as well as during breastfeeding.


In case of treatment with resins sequestering bile acids, intake should take place from 4 to 6 hours before or an hour after the intake of Fenofibric acid.


Moreover, before starting the treatment it is important to tell your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients or other drugs (especially fenofibrate) or food
  • You are taking other medications, herbal remedies and supplements, citing in particular beta blockers, estrogen, diuretics, colchicine, statins, immunosuppressants or other drugs that can damage the kidneys, probenecid and anticoagulants
  • You suffer (or have suffered) from diabetes, hypothyroidism, heart disease, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, kidney, liver or heart problems, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
  • You are very overweight
  • You lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • You have bad eating habits
  • You drink alcohol
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding


Lastly, it is recommended to inform physicians, surgeons and dentists about ongoing treatment with Fenofibric acid prior to any procedure.