bezafibrate-oral (cont.)

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.

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