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Gemfibrozil is used to lower cholesterol and triglyceride (fat-like substances) levels in the blood. This may help prevent medical problems caused by such substances clogging the blood vessels.

WHAT IS GEMFIBROZIL?

Gemfibrozil is used to lower cholesterol and triglyceride (fat-like substances) levels in the blood. This may help prevent medical problems caused by such substances clogging the blood vessels.

Gemfibrozil is both a lipid and a cholesterol-modifying medicine. It reduces triglycerides and increases cholesterol carried in high density lipoprotein (HDL) in the blood. HDL cholesterol is sometimes called “good” cholesterol because higher concentrations of HDL cholesterol in the blood are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.

In one large study, gemfibrozil decreased the risk of heart attacks but did not affect the overall survival of people who suffered from high cholesterol.

 

Brand Name(s): Lopid; Gemcor; Apo-Gemfibrozil; Gen-Fibro; Jezil
CAS nº: 25812-30-0
(gem-FI-broe-zil)

 

Product Info

The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to gemfibrozil and its correct use. Please read them carefully.

FDA Information

Gemfibrozil was approved by the FDA in 1995.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Gemfibrozil is used to lower cholesterol and triglyceride (fat-like substances) levels in the blood. This may help prevent medical problems caused by such substances clogging the blood vessels.

Gemfibrozil is a lipid and a cholesterol-modifying medicine. It reduces triglycerides and increases cholesterol carried in high density lipoprotein (HDL) in the blood. HDL cholesterol is sometimes called “good” cholesterol because higher concentrations of HDL cholesterol in the blood are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.

The decrease in triglycerides is thought to be due in part to a reduced release of triglycerides from fat tissue in the body. In one large study, gemfibrozil decreased the risk of heart attacks but did not affect the overall survival of persons with high cholesterols.

Other uses for this medicine

This medication also helps to prevent pancreas disease (pancreatitis) in patients with very high blood levels of triglycerides. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Dosage and using this medicine

Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more or less of it, and do not use it more often or for a longer period of time than what was indicated by your doctor.

This medicine is usually taken twice a day in form of tablets. If you are taking 2 doses of 600 milligrams a day, it is best to take the medicine 30 minutes before your breakfast and evening meal.

Follow carefully the special diet your doctor gave you. This is the most important part of controlling your condition and is necessary if the medicine is to work properly.

DOSAGE

The dose of gemfibrozil will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor’s orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of gemfibrozil. Therefore, if your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

For oral dosage forms (tablets):

600 milligrams two times a day to be taken thirty minutes before the morning and evening meals.

Also, this medicine is less effective if you are greatly overweight and it may be necessary for you to go on a reducing diet. However, check with your doctor before going on any diet.

What special precautions should I follow?

BEFORE TAKING GEMFIBROZIL:

Tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or gallbladder disease. You may not be able to take gemfibrozil, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment, if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Gemfibrozil is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether gemfibrozil will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking with your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Furthermore, it is not known whether gemfibrozil passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, and performing other hazardous activities until you know how gemfibrozil affects you. It may cause some drowsiness or dizziness, especially at the start of therapy.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule.

NEVER take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Possible side effects from using gemfibrozil include:

upset stomach
nausea
vomiting

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

indigestion
headache, dizziness, or drowsiness
decreased sex drive

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, face or hives)
chest pain
shortness of breath
irregular heartbeat
nausea
vomiting
stomach pain
clay-colored stools
yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
rash or itching
sores in the mouth or on your lips
swollen legs or feet
chills, fever, or blood in the urine
muscle aches, pain, or cramps

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Always keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Remember to throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. If you have any queries, talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of an emergency/overdose

In the case of an overdose whilst using this medication, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

diarrhea
headache
muscle pain

Product Images

PICTURES OF GEMFIBROZIL PILLS

Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of gemfibrozil that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes and manufacturers.

The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.

Name: GEMFIBROZIL
Strength(s): 600 MG
Imprint: 93 670
Manufacturer: IVAX / GOLDLINE

Name: GEMFIBROZIL
Strength(s): 600 MG
Imprint: APO 034 | 600
Distributor: MAJOR PHARM.

Name: LOPID®
Strength(s): 600 MG
Imprint: LOPID | PD 737
Manufacturer: PFIZER US PHARM.

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