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Lipid Disorders and Gemfibrozil

Read more about Gemfibrozil.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] Overview

Gemfibrozil (Lopid) is used to lower cholesterol and other harmful types of cholesterol in the body. Good cholesterol (HDL) levels increase. This medicine is also used to decrease triglycerides.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] Effect of Gemfibrozil on Lipid Disorders

Gemfibrozil decreases production of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and triglycerides.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] How to Use Gemfibrozil

Take this medicine 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner. Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider.

[Revisions] [Writers] Side Effects and Warnings

What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor).

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

• Belly pain or heartburn.

• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

• Diarrhea.

• Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or lying position. Be careful climbing.

Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.

• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

• Severe belly pain.

• Severe nausea or vomiting.

• Severe muscle pain or weakness.

• Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.

• Any rash.

• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.