GENERIC NAME: gemfibrozil
BRAND NAMES: Lopid
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.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 600 mg
STORAGE: Tablets should be stored at room temperature between 20 C – 25 C (68 F – 77 F).
PRESCRIBED FOR: Gemfibrozil is used for reducing elevated triglyceride levels that are high enough to cause pancreatitis. Because gemfibrozil raises HDL and decreases triglycerides it is prescribed for preventing coronary heart disease in individuals without a history or symptoms of coronary heart disease who have low HDL, high LDL and high triglycerides. Gemfibrozil is prescribed after other therapies have failed, and it is not intended for treating patients who only have low HDL. Gemfibrozil is used together with diet and exercise.
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