Side Effects of Fenofibrate
There are many potential fenofibrate side effects, ranging from mild headaches to serious allergic reactions. The most common reactions include abdominal pain, abnormal liver function tests, and back pain. Although most side effects are minor, certain problems should be reported to a healthcare professional immediately, such as unexplained muscle pain, fever, or vomiting.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with fenofibrate (Triglide®, Tricor®, Antara®, Lipofen®, Fenoglide®, or Lofibra®). However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, they are generally minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or a healthcare professional.
In previous research studies, up to 5 percent of people taking fenofibrate stopped their medicine because of side effects.
The use of fenofibrate has been associated with a rare but serious side effect known as rhabdomyolysis (serious breakdown of muscle). Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if they are accompanied by a fever or unusual tiredness (see Tricor and Muscle Pain).
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with fenofibrate. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of fenofibrate side effects with you.)