Lipofen is approved for the treatment of unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Specifically, it is used to increase "good" cholesterol and lower "bad" cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides. Healthcare providers may also occasionally prescribe this drug for off-label uses. Common off-label uses of Lipofen include the prevention of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, strokes, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Lipofen® (fenofibrate) is a prescription medication licensed to treat unhealthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Specifically, it is approved for the following uses:
- Lowering triglyceride levels in people with hypertriglyceridemia (high triglycerides). Triglycerides are fat-like substances found in the body.
- Improving cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) or dyslipidemia (unhealthy cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels). Lipofen can reduce both total and LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), while decreasing triglycerides.
High levels of triglycerides in the blood can have many negative effects on the body. They can accumulate on the walls of arteries, which decreases the blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart, brain, and other parts of your body. Hypertriglyceridemia can also increase a person's risk for developing heart disease, angina, a heart attack, and stroke.
Very high levels of this fat-like substance can produce a condition known as pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Pancreatitis can be quite painful and can sometimes cause serious health problems. Lipofen has been licensed for the treatment of high triglycerides (in addition to diet and exercise). It works by increasing the breakdown and removal of these fat-like substances.
Like other similar medications, Lipofen can actually cause an increase in LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) for people with very high levels of triglycerides (greater than 350 mg/dL). Therefore, Lipofen should be used with caution for people with this condition who also have high levels of LDL cholesterol.