A number of conditions can be treated with the prescription drug Antara. Uses include the reduction of high cholesterol and high triglycerides, which can help reduce the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, angina, heart attack, and stroke. There are currently no off-label Antara uses to treat other conditions, and the medicine has not been approved for use in children.
Antara® (fenofibrate) is a medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions. Antara uses include:
- Lowering cholesterol levels in patients with hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol). Antara can reduce both total and LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
- Lowering triglyceride levels in patients with hypertriglyceridemia (high triglycerides). Triglycerides are fat-like substances found in the body.
High levels of cholesterol in the blood can accumulate on the walls of arteries (a condition known as atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries), leading to decreased blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart, brain, and other areas of the body. This can greatly increase a person's risk for developing conditions such as heart disease, angina (chest pain), a heart attack, and stroke.
Antara has been licensed for the treatment of high cholesterol in addition to a low cholesterol diet and exercise. It works by lowering total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, VLDL cholesterol, and apo B (a component of cholesterol that is related to several heart disease risk factors). It can also raise HDL cholesterol, which is the good cholesterol.
In general, cholesterol treatment is aimed at lowering LDL cholesterol levels enough to reduce the risk of developing complications associated with high cholesterol (see Effects of High Cholesterol). If you are at a higher risk, you will likely have a lower LDL goal.