clofibrate-oral, Atromid-S (cont.)

SIDE EFFECTS: Stomach upset, nausea, loose stools, bloating, gas, dizziness, drowsiness or headache may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. Other side effects reported include mouth sores, dry or itchy skin, brittle hair, change in sex drive or decreased sexual function or muscle aches. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: chest pain, an irregular heartbeat, severe stomach pains, vomiting, skin rash, breathing trouble, decreased urine output, blood in the urine, swelling of the feet or ankles, fever, chills, sore throat, weight gain, muscle aches/pain/weakness. Long-term use of this medication may increase your risk of developing gallstones. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have: kidney disease, liver disease, gallbladder disease or gallstones, heart disease, ulcers, any allergies. The manufacturer of this drug states that clofibrate must not be used during pregnancy. Women of child-bearing age must use reliable birth control methods while using this medication. Further, that if a pregnancy is planned, clofibrate should be stopped several months before becoming pregnant. This medication passes into breast milk and must not be used while breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Use caution if the following drugs are combined with clofibrate 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 especially of: insulin, blood thinners, oral antidiabetic medication, probenecid. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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