Side Effects of Fenofibrate

Common Side Effects

Fenofibrate has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to side effects that occurred in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine. The most common fenofibrate side effects occurred in more than 2 percent of the people taking the drug and included:
  • Abnormal liver function tests (routine blood tests) -- in up to 7.5 percent of people
  • Respiratory problems (the exact problems were not specified) -- up to 6.2 percent
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain) -- in up to 4.6 percent
  • Back pain -- up to 3.4 percent
  • Headaches -- up to 3.2 percent.
Other common fenofibrate side effects, occurring in 1 to 4 percent of people, included:
In the clinical trials, abnormal liver function tests (elevated liver enzymes) were the most common reason why people stopped taking fenofibrate. Your healthcare provider may choose to monitor your liver enzymes during your treatment and stop your medication if they become too high (see Tricor and Liver Problems).

Rare Side Effects With Fenofibrate

During clinical trials, some side effects of fenofibrate occurred in less than 2 percent of people who were taking the drug. Because they are so infrequent, they may or may not be related to fenofibrate. These rare side effects include but are not limited to:
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