Lopid and Joint Pain

Joint pain is a rare Lopid side effect that occurs in less than 2 percent of people who take the drug. If you're taking Lopid and joint pain develops, you can try a number of short-term relief methods. A few of these include taking over-the-counter pain-relief drugs like aspirin or Motrin and applying heat or cold (in the form of a heating pad or bag of ice, among other things) to the painful area of the joint.

Lopid and Joint Pain: An Overview

Joint pain is a rare but possible side effect of Lopid® (gemfibrozil), occurring in less than 2 percent of people taking the drug.

Lopid and Joint Pain: Suggestions

If you are taking Lopid and joint pain is a problem, there are some things that you can try. These short-term relief suggestions include medications and heat or cold.
People who experience joint pain while taking Lopid often benefit from using over-the-counter pain-relief medicines like acetaminophen (Tylenol®), aspirin, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®).
Moist heat (such as a warm bath or shower) or dry heat (such as a heating pad) placed on the painful area of the joint for about 15 minutes may relieve joint pain. In some cases, cold packs (a bag of ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel) can relieve pain or numb the sore area. If you have poor circulation, do not use cold packs. Water therapy in a heated pool or whirlpool may also relieve joint pain and stiffness.

Lopid and Joint Pain: Summary

For people taking Lopid, joint pain is possible. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have concerns about Lopid and joint pain. Also, keep in mind that it is not possible for your healthcare provider to know whether you will have a side effect with a medicine that you have never taken before. So, if you notice any joint pain while taking Lopid, talk to your healthcare provider. If the joint pain continues after the first couple of months, he or she may recommend adjusting the Lopid dosage or switching to another cholesterol medication.
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