Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Lopid 

(gemfibrozil)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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Lowers triglyceride levels.

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Our bottom line

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

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Best available price for 60 (600mg) tablets of gemfibrozil

Upsides

  • 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.

Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

Lopid (Gemfibrozil) is a fibric acid medication that lowers the levels of triglycerides in your blood, while raising the levels of good cholesterols.

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Side effect rates 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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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.

Common concerns from people taking Lopid (gemfibrozil)

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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking this medication.
Food
  • Take Lopid (Gemfibrozil) two times a day, 30 minutes before your breakfast and dinner.
Kidneys and liver
  • Can't be used with statins to lower cholesterol because of the risk of muscle and kidney damage.
  • Reports of liver damage have been reported in people who take Lopid (Gemfibrozil), especially in people with a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver with blood tests on a regular basis.
Pain
  • Can cause heartburn, stomach pain, and diarrhea.