What is Fenofibrate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Tricor TriLipix Lipofen Show all

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See also: Atorvastatin-fenofibrate Fibator

Fenofibrate is an antilipemic agent that is used as adjunct to dietary therapy for the treatment of adults with elevations of serum triglyceride levels (types IV and V hyperlipidemia) and adjunct to dietary therapy for the reduction of low density lipoprotein cholesterol.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia) 23 6
General health 15 4
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 8 2
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 7 5
Support heart health 7 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 10
Moderate 5
Mild 5
None 62

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fenofibrate

Side effect Patients Percentage
Flatulence 2
Abdominal cramps 1
Arthritis pain in shoulder joints 1
Elevated creatine kinase (CK) level 1
Headaches 1
Increased serum creatinine 1

Show all 18 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fenofibrate

Dosage Patients Percentage
145 mg daily 14
160 mg daily 9
134 mg daily 3
48 mg daily 2
1 mg daily 1
130 mg weekly 1
67 mg daily 1
120 mg daily 1
43 mg four times daily 1
250 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Fenofibrate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 17
Other 14
Side effects too severe 7
Change in health plan coverage 6
Did not seem to work 5
Expense 5
Personal research 4
Course of treatment ended 2
See all 47 patients who've stopped taking Fenofibrate

Duration

Currently taking Fenofibrate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Fenofibrate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 69
Usually 7
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 71
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 3
$25-49 6
< $25 31
Not specified 40

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fenofibrate after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gemfibrozil (Lopid) 5
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 2
Fenofibrate (Tricor) 1

Patients stopped taking Fenofibrate and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 2
Gemfibrozil (Lopid) 2
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 2
Evolocumab (Repatha) 1
Icosapent Ethyl (Vascepa) 1
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7 patient evaluations for Fenofibrate

Feb 3, 2012 (Started Nov 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high triglycerides)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle and joint pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 145 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take CoQ10 supplement and no longer have any sid effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 25, 2010 (Started Jun 06, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high triglycerides)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 160 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Mar 16, 2010 (Started Sep 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high triglycerides)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 145 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Was prescribed this treatment due to high triglycerides possibly as a result of taking anti-psychotic medications for bipolar disorder.

  • 0 helpful marks
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