Antara and Joint Pain
There are many potential side effects of Antara, and joint pain, while rare, is possible. If joint pain does develop, you can try short-term remedies, such as over-the-counter pain medicines, dry heat, and cold packs. If you are taking Antara and joint pain does not subside within a couple of months, your healthcare provider may alter your dosage or switch you to another cholesterol medication.
Joint pain is a rare but possible side effect of Antara® (fenofibrate). For people taking Antara, joint pain happens in more than 1 percent of cases.
If you are taking Antara and joint pain is a problem, there are some things that you can try. These short-term relief suggestions include medications and heat/cold remedies.
If you experience joint pain while taking Antara, you may benefit from using over-the-counter pain relief medicines, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®), aspirin, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®).
Moist heat (such as a warm bath or shower) or dry heat (such as a heating pad) placed on the painful area of the joint for about 15 minutes may relieve joint pain. In some cases, cold packs (a bag of ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel) can relieve pain or numb the sore area. If you have poor circulation, do not use cold packs. Water therapy in a heated pool or whirlpool may also relieve joint pain and stiffness.
For people taking Antara, joint pain is a possible side effect. However, it is not possible for your healthcare provider to know whether you will have a side effect with a medicine that you have never taken. Therefore, if you notice any joint pain while taking Antara, talk to your healthcare provider. If the joint pain continues after the first couple of months, he or she may recommend adjusting the Antara dosage or switching to another cholesterol medication.