The dose of fenofibrate your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking
- Whether you are taking fenofibrate capsules or tablets.
As with any drug, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Fenofibrate Dosing for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with fenofibrate. However, not everyone who takes the medicine will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. If side effects do occur, most people do not need to stop taking the medicine.
The most common side effects seen with fenofibrate include:
- Chest congestion or difficulty breathing
- Constipation or mild diarrhea
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
- Increased liver enzymes.
Keep in mind that if you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness (especially if accompanied by a fever or you feel ill), it is important to contact your healthcare provider right away. This could be a sign of a serious, life-threatening muscle problem.
(Click Side Effects of Fenofibrate to learn more, including other serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)