Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Lopid Alternatives

(gemfibrozil)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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These medications are comparable to Lopid (gemfibrozil) or used for similar purposes.

Lopid
(gemfibrozil)

Antara
(fenofibrate)

Lowers triglyceride levels. Lopid (Gemfibrozil) is a generically available medication that can lower triglyceride levels by up to 50%.Lowers cholesterol. Antara (Fenofibrate) is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.
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-27% worse vs. Lopid
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Side effects
LopidAntara

We haven’t found good data for Lopid side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Lopid »
  • Abnormal liver function tests 7%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Increased ast 2%
  • Increased alt 1%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Constipation 1%
More Antara side effects »
How it works
LopidAntara
Lopid (Gemfibrozil) is a fibric acid medication that lowers the levels of triglycerides in your blood, while raising the levels of good cholesterols.Antara (Fenofibrate) 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).
Type of medication
LopidAntara
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
LopidAntara
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
LopidAntara
Risk factors for serious side effects
LopidAntara
  • Taking Lopid (Gemfibrozil) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Taking Lopid (Gemfibrozil) with anticoagulants
Detailed Lopid (gemfibrozil) risks & warnings »
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with anticoagulants
Detailed Antara (fenofibrate) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Alcohol
LopidAntara
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking this medication.
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
Food
LopidAntara
  • Take Lopid (Gemfibrozil) two times a day, 30 minutes before your breakfast and dinner.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
LopidAntara
  • 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.
  • 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 Antara (Fenofibrate), especially in people with a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver with blood tests on a regular basis.
Pain
LopidAntara
  • Can cause heartburn, stomach pain, and diarrhea.
No pain related info.
Upsides and benefits
LopidAntara
  • 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.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
Downsides and risks
LopidAntara
  • 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.
  • In studies, it didn't lower heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes.
  • According to new guidelines, you shouldn't take this medicine by itself to lower cholesterol.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
  • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
LopidAntara
  • 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.
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • Can cause backache or headache.
  • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 1 hour before or 6 hours after.
  • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
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