General English name: Gemfibrozil
Drug information for Gemfibrozil
Medication Information: Lipids are another name for fats. Cholesterol and triglycerides are types of lipids. When the concentration of lipids in the blood is high, it is called hyperlipidemia. Lipids are both naturally made in the body and absorbed from the food we eat. If the lipid level is too high, excess fat will build up in the walls of the arteries. This condition causes fat spots to form on the walls of blood vessels. These spots reduce blood flow and cause heart disease such as stroke and circulatory disorders.
High lipids in the body have no symptoms but can cause serious problems if left untreated. Gemfibrozil prevents cardiovascular disorders by lowering blood lipids. If your blood triglyceride level is high, your doctor may prescribe gemfibrozil. Gemfibrozil may also be prescribed for other types of hyperlipidemia, especially if other medications are not suitable for the patient.
Contraindications to Gemfibrozil
- Pay attention to the expiration date of the medicine and do not take it if the medicine in your hand has expired.
Never give the medicine to anyone else, even if you have the same symptoms.
- Do not take more than the dose prescribed by your doctor, because you will have low blood sugar.
Check for drug interactions and be sure to tell your doctor what other medications you are taking.
Drug interaction of Gemfibrozil
Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter medicines and herbal products) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.
Some drugs that may interact with gemfibrozil include blood thinners (such as warfarin), colchicine, repaglinide, and statins (such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin).
Gemfibrozil can affect the rate of elimination and function of other drugs from the body. Examples of these affected drugs include: pioglitazone, a special combination product for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (ombitasovir / paritaprovir / ritonavir / dasabovir).
Tips to consider before taking Gemfibrozil
Some medications can not be prescribed under certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed. Therefore, it is best for your doctor to be aware of the following before taking gemfibrozil:
- If you decide to have a baby or are pregnant or if you are breast-feeding.
- If you have kidney or liver problems.
- If you have gallstones or gallstones.
- If you have hypothyroidism.
- If you have diabetes.
- If you are currently taking certain medications. These include all available medicines, whether prescribed or used by your doctor, such as herbal medicines and supplements.
- If you have ever been allergic to any medication.
Possible side effects of Gemfibrozil
All drugs, along with their positive effects, can cause unwanted side effects in the body. However, these complications do not occur in all people. Over time, your body will adjust to the gemfibrozil drug, and these symptoms will go away, but consult your doctor if the following symptoms persist or become painful.
Indigestion, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea: Eat simple foods and avoid high-fat and spicy foods.
Headache: Ask your doctor to prescribe a suitable painkiller.
Diarrhea: Drink plenty of water to replenish lost water.
Constipation: Eat a balanced diet and drink several glasses of water daily.
Feeling tired: Do not drive or use tools in this situation.
Skin rashes: Tell your doctor if these things bother you.
Important Note: If you have muscle pain, especially in the legs, you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. This may be a sign of a rare but more serious symptom of gemfibrozil.
Talk to your doctor if you have any other symptoms that you feel may be due to gemfibrozil.
How to store Gemfibrozil
- Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
- Keep the medicine in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.