- What is gemfibrozil?
- Is gemfibrozil available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for gemfibrozil?
- Why is gemfibrozil prescribed to patients?
- What are the side effects of gemfibrozil?
- What is the dosage for gemfibrozil?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with gemfibrozil?
- Is gemfibrozil safe to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about gemfibrozil?
What is gemfibrozil?
Is gemfibrozil available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for gemfibrozil?
Why is gemfibrozil prescribed to patients?
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.
What are the side effects of gemfibrozil?
Common side effects of gemfibrozil include:
Muscle aches and pain also occur. Rarely, these muscle-related symptoms are associated with damage to muscles that releases chemicals into the blood that that can damage the kidney. Muscle damage is of greatest concern when gemfibrozil is combined with statins. The formation of gallstones and gallbladder surgery have been associated with the use of gemfibrozil. Pancreatitis, abnormal blood liver tests, as well as reduced red blood cells (anemia), white blood cells (leukopenia) and blood platelets (thrombocytopenia) also have been reported.
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