What Is Lipilfen (Tricor)?
Lipilfen is the generic form of the brand name drug Tricor, used to treat high levels of cholesterol and triglyceride in your blood.
Lipilfen belongs to a class of medications known as antilipemics and fibric acid. It works by breaking down fats and helping the body eliminate triglycerides.
Tricor was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001 and is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories.
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No, it belongs to the drug class fibric acid derivatives.
"Fibric acid derivatives or fibrates are regarded as broad-spectrum lipid lowering drugs. Their main action is to decrease triglyceride levels but they also tend to reduce low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels and help to raise high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Fibrates appear to activate a protein called peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPAR-alpha). PPAR-alpha activates the enzyme lipoprotein lipase and ultimately results in decreased formation of very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol (which is converted into LDL cholesterol) and triglycerides and an increase in HDL cholesterol."
Lipilfen is often used along with other cholesterol drugs, such as statins.
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Lipilfen is a prodrug, which means that it must be converted to another chemical (fenofibric acid) in the body before it can work.
Fenofibric acid increases the activity of lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that breaks down triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood. It also affects production, transportation, and storage of triglycerides. Overall benefits of Lipilfen use include a 30%-60% decrease in total blood triglycerides, a modest increase in high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C, commonly known as "good" cholesterol), and a decrease in low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C, commonly known as "bad" cholesterol) and total cholesterol.
Lipilfen products are available in multiple strengths and dosage forms. Lipilfen formulations are not bioequivalent and are not interchangeable except for generic equivalents.
Is Lipilfen safe to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Lipilfen is classified as pregnancy category C. Use of Lipilfen in pregnant females has not been adequately evaluated. Lipilfen should be avoided during pregnancy unless the benefits justify the potential risk to the fetus.
Lipilfen should not be used in nursing mothers; however, it is unknown whether Lipilfen is excreted into breast milk.
Warnings for other groups
For pregnant women: There haven’t been enough studies done in humans to show if Lipilfen poses a risk to a human fetus. Research in animals has shown a risk to the fetus when the mother takes the drug. However, animal studies don’t always predict the way humans would respond.
Talk with your doctor if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This drug should be used only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk.
If you become pregnant while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
For women who are breastfeeding: Lipilfen may pass into breast milk and cause side effects in a child who is breastfed. Talk with your doctor if you breastfeed your child. You may need to decide whether to stop breastfeeding or stop taking this medication.
Lipilfen oral tablet is used for long-term treatment. It comes with risks if you don’t take it as prescribed.
If you stop taking the drug suddenly or don’t take it at all: Your cholesterol levels may not be controlled. This raises your risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.
If you miss doses or don’t take the drug on schedule: Your medication may not work as well or may stop working completely. For this drug to work well, a certain amount needs to be in your body at all times.
If you take too much: You could have dangerous levels of the drug in your body. Symptoms of an overdose of this drug can include:
- back pain
- muscle pain
- common cold
- upper respiratory tract infection
If you think you’ve taken too much of the drug, call your doctor or local poison control center. If your symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
What to do if you miss a dose: Take your dose as soon as you remember. But if you remember just a few hours before your next scheduled dose, take only one dose. Never try to catch up by taking two doses at once. This could result in dangerous side effects.
How to tell if the drug is working: Your cholesterol levels should improve. You won’t feel Lipilfen working, but your doctor will check your cholesterol levels using blood tests. Your doctor may adjust your dosage based on the results of these tests.
Keep these considerations in mind if your doctor prescribes Lipilfen for you.
What is this drug used for?
It is used to lower triglycerides.It is used to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol (HDL).
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“Lipilfen.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Lipilfen. Accessed 27 December 2019.
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