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Drug Information For:
GEMFIBROZIL 600MG TABLETS
Ingredient Name:GEMFIBROZIL (gem-FI-broe-zil)
Common Uses:This medicine is a lipid-regulating agent used to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in your blood.
Before Using This Medicine:Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you are also taking repaglinide or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (eg, simvastatin). If you are currently taking any of these medicines, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting this medicine. Tell your doctor if you are taking estrogen. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking colchicine or warfarin. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including kidney problems, underactive thyroid, diabetes, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you have very high blood triglyceride levels, are overweight, or drink alcohol regularly. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have liver problems, gallstones or gallbladder disease, or severe kidney problems. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine.
How to Use This Medicine:Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. TAKE THIS MEDICINE 30 minutes before morning and evening meals unless directed otherwise by your doctor. IF YOU ALSO TAKE A BILE ACID-BINDING RESIN (eg, colestipol), do not take it within 2 hours before or after taking this medicine. Check with your doctor if you have questions. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and away from pets. Take this medicine regularly to receive the most benefit from it. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Cautions:DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or if you are allergic to any ingredient in this product. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE without checking with your doctor. Laboratory and/or medical tests, including liver function, kidney function, blood cholesterol, and blood counts may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are taking this medicine. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine. TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR before you drink alcohol while you are using this medicine. FOR BEST RESULTS, this medicine should be used along with exercise and a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet. If you are overweight, it should also be used along with a weight loss program. Follow the diet and exercise program given to you by your health care provider. Additional monitoring of your dose or condition may be needed if you are also taking high-dose niacin (1 g or more per day). BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING THIS MEDICINE IN THE ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine, especially liver or kidney problems. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU THINK YOU MAY BE PREGNANT, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.
Possible Side Effects:SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include diarrhea, indigestion, or stomach pain. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience blurred vision; burning, numbness, or tingling; decreased sexual ability; depression; fever, chills, or sore throat; irregular heartbeat; joint pain; muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness (with or without fever and fatigue); painful or frequent urination; persistent or severe diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, or stomach pain; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; or yellowing of the skin or eyes. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; or unusual hoarseness. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Overdose:IF OVERDOSE IS SUSPECTED, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Additional Information:FOLLOW THE DIETARY PLAN provided by your doctor. DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and pets. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.
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