Prior to taking fenofibrate, you should talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
- Gallbladder disease or gallstones
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Thyroid gland problems
- An allergy to fenofibrate or to any other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
It is also important to let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
- A frequent user of alcoholic beverages.
Tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Fenofibrate to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Lowering triglyceride and cholesterol levels should begin with lifestyle modifications. This includes a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats, limited alcohol use, weight loss, and exercise. If lifestyle changes alone do not lower triglyceride or cholesterol levels enough, medications such as fenofibrate may be necessary.
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 have a lower LDL goal.
(Click High Cholesterol Risk to see a list of risk factors that may affect your cholesterol level and a general guideline of ideal LDL cholesterol levels.)
For most people, fenofibrate is quite effective in lowering cholesterol. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur and people may wish to consider a substitute, such as other fibrates, statins, or other cholesterol medicines.
(Click Fenofibrate Alternatives to learn more.)