Antara and Muscle Pain
Side effects have been documented with Antara, and muscle pain has been reported in less than 1 percent of patients. Although this is generally not a serious side effect, in rare cases, it can indicate serious muscle problems, such as rhabdomyolysis. If you take certain medications, such as cyclosporine or statins, with Antara, muscle pain is more likely to occur.
While most people tolerate Antara® (fenofibrate) well, side effects can occur. For people taking Antara, muscle pain is a possible side effect. However, in previous clinical studies, muscle pain occurred in less than 1 percent of patients.
Most people who have muscle pain while on Antara have no other muscle symptoms. However, in rare cases, Antara users can develop a serious problem with their muscles, and muscle pain can be a possible symptom. Two serious muscle problems that are rarely seen in people taking Antara are myopathy and rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis is serious because it can cause muscles to break down, which can ultimately lead to acute kidney failure and, in some cases, result in loss of life.
If you develop muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness while on Antara (especially if you also have a fever or feel ill), call your healthcare provider immediately. This could be a sign that you have a serious condition that needs treatment right away.
Serious muscle problems are more likely to occur when Antara is first started or when the Antara dosage is increased, but it can happen at any time. Certain medicines also can increase the risk for serious muscle problems when taken with Antara. Some of these medicines include:
- Atorvastatin (Lipitor®) or combination medications that contain atorvastatin (Caduet®, Liptruzet™)
- Fluvastatin (Lescol®, Lescol® XL)
- Lovastatin (Altoprev®, Mevacor®) or combination medications that contain lovastatin (Advicor®)
- Pitavastatin (Livalo®)
- Pravastatin (Pravachol®)
- Rosuvastatin (Crestor®)
- Simvastatin (Zocor®) or combination medications that contain simvastatin (Juvisync®, Simcor®, Vytorin®).