Lipofen Warnings and Precautions
Before treatment begins, the warnings and precautions for Lipofen should be discussed with your healthcare provider. For example, if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or gallbladder disease, make sure to let your healthcare provider know before you start taking the medication. People who have problems such as severe kidney disease or allergies to any ingredients in Lipofen are advised to avoid the drug altogether.
- Liver disease, liver failure, or a history of liver disease
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Gallbladder disease, including gallstones
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Finally, make sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness, especially if it is accompanied by body aches or a fever.
Some precautions and warnings with Lipofen to be aware of include:
- Lipofen can cause increased liver enzymes (which can be a sign of liver problems). These abnormalities are found using standard blood tests.
- Make sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness, especially if it is with a fever or if you feel ill (see Lipofen and Muscle Pain).
- Lipofen may increase the risk of gallbladder disease, including gallstones.
- Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) has been reported rarely in people taking Lipofen or other similar medications. This could be a direct result of the medication or might simply be a complication of very high triglyceride levels (one of the conditions Lipofen is used to treat).
- Lipofen may theoretically interact with a number of medications (see Lipofen Drug Interactions).
- Surprisingly, some studies have suggested that fenofibrate medications (like Lipofen) might actually increase the risk of death. It is not yet clear how Lipofen may affect the risk of death due to heart disease or other causes.
- Studies have suggested that fenofibrate medications (like Lipofen) might increase the risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs.
- Lipofen is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown. If you are pregnant and taking Lipofen, talk to your healthcare provider immediately (see Lipofen and Pregnancy).
- Lipofen is usually not recommended for use during breastfeeding (see Lipofen and Breastfeeding).