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What is Lopid (Gemfibrozil) prescribed for?
This medication, alongside a proper diet, can help lower fats and raise “good” cholesterol in the blood. It may also help to lower “bad” cholesterol as well. This medication works by decreasing the amount of fat that is produced by the liver. Lowering the fats in people with very high triglyceride blood levels may help in decreasing the risk of pancreas disease. Although it may not decrease your chances in the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It is best to speak with your doctor first and acquire the information on the risks and benefits of this medication.
Keep in mind that other lifestyle changes may be made, other than just your diet, this medication may work better alongside a exercise routine, drinking less alcohol, and losing weight, as well as quit smoking.
This medication comes in two different strengths which are 300mg and 600mg. Remember; your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.
This medication is to be taken by mouth, usually twice a day. 30 minutes before your morning and evening meals. Remember the dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.
If you also take other medications to lower your cholesterol, take Lopid at least 1 hour before or 4 to 6 hours after taking the other medications. And in order to gain the most benefits from this medication, be sure to take it regularly. It may take up to 3 months before you feel the full effect, however stopping the medication may increase the risk of any side effects.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Gemfibrozil; or to other "fibrates" (such as fenofibrate); or to any other medications or allergies in general.
Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any of the following; liver disease (such as biliary cirrhosis), gallbladder disease, kidney disease, alcohol use.
Stomach upset, stomach/abdominal pain, or unusual taste may occur. If either of these effects persists or worsens, tell your doctor promptly.
This drug may rarely cause muscle problems (which can rarely lead to a very serious condition called rhabdomyolysis). Tell your doctor right away if you develop any of these symptoms: muscle pain/tenderness/weakness (especially with fever or unusual tiredness), signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding, unusual tiredness, irregular heartbeat, numbness/tingling of arms/legs.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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