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Gemfibrozil

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Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Gemfibrozil is an oral drug belongs to the group of drugs called fibrates. It helps reduce the level of fatty acids and cholestrol in the blood. It is generally used for treatment of people with pancreatitis having high cholestrol and triglyceride levels. It is also used to lower risks of heart attack, strokes, and other heart complications in people with high levels of cholestrol and triglyceride.

It is advised that you consult a doctor before taking Gemfibrozil if you are pregnant or are likely to become pregnant, or you are breastfeeding. It should also be avoided if you have severe kidney disease, severe liver disease, gallbladder disease, or if you are taking a blood thinner like warfin, jantoven; or if you have a history of gallstones, or if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

The reported side effects of Gemfibrozil are allergic reactions like swelling of lips, face, throat or tongue, jaundice, little or no urinating, eye pain, blurred vision, pale skin, unusual bleeding, rapid heart rate, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, mild pain, constipation, diarrhoea, sneezing, sore throat, joint pain, mild itching, rashes, lack of interest in sex. You should visit your doctor immediately if you encounter any of the above mentioned conditions.

You should always consult a doctor regarding the dosage of Gemfibrozil and have it accordingly. It is taken in form of tablets to be consumed orally. Usually it is taken twice on a daily basis, half an hour before breakfast and dinner in a dosage of 600mg.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Cardiologist before using this medicine.

increased cholesterol levels in blood

increased triglycerides levels in blood

In addition to its intended effect, Gemfibrozil may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Increased liver enzymes

Flatulence.

Is It safe with alcohol?

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

Lopid 300mg capsule may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

Lopid 300mg capsule is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.

Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

Dizziness and visual disturbances can occur which may negatively influence driving.

Does this affect kidney function?

Should not be used in patients with severe renal impairment.

Does this affect liver function?

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Are there any missed dose instructions?

If you miss a dose of Gemfibrozil, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Gemfibrozil as ingredient
Micro Labs Ltd
Pfizer Ltd
Micro Labs Ltd
Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Gemfibrozil stimulates nuclear receptors and alters the transcription of genes that are involved in triglyceride metabolism. This enhances the peripheral breakdown of chylomicrons and VLDL, which reduces the plasma concentration of VLDL. It also reduces cholesterol synthesis and plasma triglycerides.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

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About Gemfibrozil
When is Gemfibrozil prescribed?
What are the side effects of Gemfibrozil ?
Key highlights of Gemfibrozil
What are the dosage instructions?
Medicines containing Gemfibrozil
How does medicine works?
What are the interactions for Gemfibrozil ?