Is fenofibrate safe to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Fenofibrate is classified as pregnancy category C. Use of fenofibrate in pregnant females has not been adequately evaluated. Fenofibrate should be avoided during pregnancy unless the benefits justify the potential risk to the fetus.
Fenofibrate should not be used in nursing mothers; however, it is unknown whether fenofibrate is excreted into breast milk.
What else should I know about fenofibrate?
What preparations of fenofibrate are available?
- Oral capsules: 50 and 150 mg fenofibrate; 50 and 150 mg Lipofen
- Oral tablets: 48, 54, 145, and 160 mg fenofibrate; 40 mg Fenoglide; 54 and 160 mg Lofibra; 48 and 145 mg Tricor; 50 and 160 mg Triglide
- Micronized oral capsules: 30 and 90 mg Antara; 43, 67,130, 134, and 200 mg fenofibrate; 67, 134, and 200 mg Lofibra
How should I keep fenofibrate stored?
Fenofibrate products should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).
How does fenofibrate work?
Fenofibrate is a prodrug, which means that it must be converted to another chemical (fenofibric acid) in the body before it can work.
Fenofibric acid increases the activity of lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that breaks down triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood. It also affects production, transportation, and storage of triglycerides. Overall benefits of fenofibrate use include a 30%-60% decrease in total blood triglycerides, a modest increase in high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C, commonly known as "good" cholesterol), and a decrease in low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C, commonly known as "bad" cholesterol) and total cholesterol.
Fenofibrate products are available in multiple strengths and dosage forms. Fenofibrate formulations are not bioequivalent and are not interchangeable except for generic equivalents.
When was fenofibrate approved by the FDA?
Fenofibrate was approved by the FDA in February 1998.
Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD, PhD
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