› Reports of liver damage have been reported in people who take Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid), especially in people with a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver with blood tests on a regular basis.
› Zetia (ezetimibe) can hurt your liver, especially if it is used with statins. Talk to your doctor if you have liver disease.
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 "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
› Can be used with other medicines to improve cholesterol.
› Available in a combination pill with simvastatin.
› Available as a generic.
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.
› Doesn't lower triglycerides (fats).
› Hasn't been shown to lower the risk of heart attacks or heart disease.
› By itself, it isn't as effective as statins for improving cholesterol.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Can be used with other medications to help lower cholesterol.
› Lowers triglycerides.
› 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 bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol.
› Tell your doctor if you develop bone or muscle pain.
› Can be used with other medications to lower cholesterol.
› Good alternative to statins if you can't tolerate statins or are unable to control cholesterol with statins alone.
› Can cause diarrhea or increase your chance of getting colds.