- Xafenor tablets should be taken with food. This can help increase the amount of drug your body absorbs.
- Take this drug at the time(s) recommended by your doctor.
- Don’t cut or crush the tablets.
Rated Xafenor for Hyperlipoproteinemia Report
I haven't been taking it long enough to have had my cholesterol levels re-checked, but have had no side effects other than a slight headache.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Xafenor is used with a low-fat diet, exercise, and sometimes with other medications to reduce the amounts of fatty substances such as cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and to increase the amount of HDL (high-density lipoprotein; a type of fatty substance that decreases the risk of heart disease) in the blood. Build-up of cholesterol and fats along the walls of the arteries (a process known as atherosclerosis) decreases the blood flow and, therefore, the oxygen supply to the heart, brain, and other parts of the body. This increases the risk of heart disease, angina (chest pain), strokes, and heart attacks. Although Xafenor decreases the levels of fatty substances in the blood, it has not been shown to decrease the risk of heart attacks or strokes. Xafenor is in a class of medications called antilipemic agents. It works by speeding the natural processes that remove cholesterol from the body.
Missed Dose of Xafenor
If you miss a dose of Xafenor, try to take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of the medication at the same time.
Xafenor tablets, is a lipid regulating agent available as tablets for oral administration. Each tablet contains 40 mg or 120 mg Xafenor. The chemical name for Xafenor is 2--2-methyl-propanoic acid, 1-methylethyl ester with the following structural formula:
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“Xafenor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Xafenor. Accessed 27 December 2019.
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Xafenor 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 Xafenor 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.
Xafenor products are available in multiple strengths and dosage forms. Xafenor formulations are not bioequivalent and are not interchangeable except for generic equivalents.
How should this medicine be used?
Xafenor comes as a capsule, a delayed-release (long-acting) capsule, and a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day. Some Xafenor products (Fenoglide, Lipofen, and Lofibra) should be taken with a meal. Other brands (Antara, Fibricor, Tricor, Triglide, and Trilipix) may be taken with or without food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not know if you should take your medication with food. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Xafenor exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Your doctor will probably start you on an average dose of Xafenor and may increase or decrease your dose depending on the results of laboratory tests that you will take to measure the amount of fatty substances in your blood. Your doctor may tell you to stop taking Xafenor if your test results do not show improvement after 2 months.
Swallow the delayed-release tablets whole; do not split, chew, or crush them.
If you are taking Triglide tablets, do not use any tablets that are chipped or broken.
Xafenor will help decrease the amount of fatty substances in your blood only as long as you continue to take it. Continue to take Xafenor even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Xafenor without talking to your doctor.