gemfibrozil, Lopid

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GENERIC NAME: gemfibrozil


DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Gemfibrozil is a blood lipid and cholesterol-altering medicine. It is classified as a fibric acid derivative similar to fenofibrate (Tricor). It reduces triglycerides and increases cholesterol carried in high density lipoprotein (HDL) in the blood. HDL cholesterol is sometimes called "good" cholesterol because higher concentrations of HDL cholesterol in the blood are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Gemfibrozil modestly reduces low density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol. The mechanism of action of gemfibrozil is not known. The decrease in triglycerides is thought to be due in part to reduced production of triglycerides by the liver. Gemfibrozil was approved in September 1993.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/29/2014

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