What is Gemfibrozil?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Gemfibrozil is in a class of lipid-regulating medications called fibrates. It works be reducing the production of triglycerides in the liver. It is used with diet changes (restriction of cholesterol and fat intake) to reduce the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High triglycerides 44 15
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 20 5
hypertriglyceridemia 10 5
high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 6 4
General health 3 0
Increase effect of another treatment 2 0

Show all 10 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 1
Mild 2
None 19

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gemfibrozil

Side effect Patients
Acid reflux 1
Muscle pain 1
Spasms in fingers 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gemfibrozil

Dosage Patients
600 mg twice daily 7
600 mg daily 4
1,200 mg daily 1
1,200 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Gemfibrozil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 6
Course of treatment ended 3
Did not seem to work 2
Other 2
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 15 patients who've stopped taking Gemfibrozil

Duration

Currently taking Gemfibrozil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Gemfibrozil

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 20
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 22
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 13
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gemfibrozil after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fenofibrate (Tricor) 2
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 1
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 1

Patients stopped taking Gemfibrozil and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Fenofibrate (Tricor) 3
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 1
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Gemfibrozil

Jan 15, 2013 (Started Apr 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for High triglycerides)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 14, 2013 (Started Mar 11, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 29, 2011 (Started Mar 11, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 20, 2010 (Started Mar 11, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 11, 2009 (Started Mar 11, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 24, 2008 (Started Mar 11, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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