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(Fenofibric Acid)

(Omega-3 Acid)

Lowers cholesterol. Trilipix is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk.Lowers triglycerides. Omega-3 Acid is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but some people can't take it due to allergies.
How it works
Trilipix is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It removes triglycerides from your body and makes it easier to process "bad" cholesterol (LDL). This also increases "good" cholesterol (HDL).Omega-3 Acid is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it may help the liver remove triglycerides from your body, and also prevent your body from making more triglycerides.
Type of medication
Fibric acid
Prescription only
Omega-3 fatty acid
Prescription only
Available as
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  • Extended release
  • Pill
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Side effects
  • Abnormal liver tests 7%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 1%
  • Decreased liver function 1%
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  • Eructation 3%
  • Indigestion 1%
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Risk factors for serious side effects
Pregnancy category
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
No specific food-related info.
  • You have to take it with food.
  • Take it with food.
Kidneys and liver
  • People on Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) while taking statins have reported muscle pain which may lead to muscle and kidney damage. This has been very rare. Talk to your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain or weakness or fever and you don't know why.
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
Upsides and benefits
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Good medicine for lowering triglycerides.
  • Lowers triglycerides (fats) when combined with exercise and a low cholesterol diet.
  • In studies, Omega-3 Acid has lowered the risk of stroke and heart attack leading to death, especially in people with high cholesterol or high triglycerides.
Downsides and risks
  • In clinical studies, Trilipix hasn't lowered cholesterol or the risk of heart attack and stroke better than statins.
  • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
  • You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
  • You have to take it with food.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
  • Can be used with other medications to help lower cholesterol.
  • Can raise your chance of getting colds and flu.
  • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
  • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after.
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • Take it with food.
  • Swallow capsules whole.
  • Can cause burping and changes in taste.
  • Don't use if you have an allergy to fish or shellfish.
  • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
  • Lowers triglycerides.
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