PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have: pre-existing kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, any allergies. Limit intake of alcohol while taking this medication. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Use caution if the following drugs are combined with bezafibrate because serious side effects such as muscle injury (myopathy) infrequently could occur: "statins" (e.g., lovastatin, atorvastatin), high-dose niacin (1 gram or more per day). Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including: blood thinners, cyclosporine, antidepressants, estrogen, birth control pills, cholestyramine anticholesterol. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
NOTES: This medication is used only after diet therapy has been tried. This is not a substitute for diet. A low-fat, low cholesterol diet must be maintained while taking this medication. Lab tests will be done routinely while taking this medication to monitor its effects and prevent side effects.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store this medication at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.
Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005
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