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Lopid

(Gemfibrozil)

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Lowers triglyceride levels.

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Lopid (Gemfibrozil) is a generically available medication that can lower triglyceride levels by up to 50%.

  • Considered as a first choice medication for lowering triglyceride levels in the blood. Studies have shown it can reduce triglycerides by up to 50%.
  • Available as a generic.
  • Can be used with other medications, such as fish oil, to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
  • While Lopid (Gemfibrozil) has been shown to lower triglycerides, it has not been shown by itself to reduce the number of deaths caused by high cholesterol.
  • Can't be used with statins to lower cholesterol because of the risk of muscle and kidney damage.

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Side effects for Lopid (Gemfibrozil)

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These are side effects of Lopid (Gemfibrozil) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Lopid (Gemfibrozil)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take Lopid (Gemfibrozil) two times a day, 30 minutes before your breakfast and dinner.
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking this medication.
  • Can cause heartburn, stomach pain, and diarrhea.
  • Follow a diet and exercise plan to help lower your triglyceride and cholesterol levels.

Risks and Warnings for Lopid (Gemfibrozil)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking Lopid (Gemfibrozil) with statins

    People on Lopid (Gemfibrozil) 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.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Lopid (Gemfibrozil)

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The FDA category for this medication is C. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits
Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking this medication.
Food
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take Lopid (Gemfibrozil) two times a day, 30 minutes before your breakfast and dinner.
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Can't be used with statins to lower cholesterol because of the risk of muscle and kidney damage.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • People on Lopid (Gemfibrozil) 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.