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Lipofen is a prescription drug approved for the treatment of unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It comes in capsule form and is typically taken once a day. By increasing the activity of a particular enzyme that breaks down triglyceride-rich particles and increases their removal from the body, the medicine can increase "good" cholesterol and lower triglycerides, total cholesterol, and "bad" cholesterol. Common side effects include respiratory problems and increased liver enzymes.

What Is Lipofen?

Lipofen® (fenofibrate) is a prescription medication used for treating unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It works to lower bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol), decrease triglycerides, and increase good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol).
 
(Click Lipofen Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes This Drug?

Lipofen is made by Galephar Pharmaceutical Research, Inc. and is marketed and distributed by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.
 

How Does Lipofen Work?

Lipofen belongs to a class of drugs known as fibric acid derivatives (also known as fibrates). It works by increasing the activity of an enzyme (lipoprotein lipase) that breaks down triglyceride-rich particles and increases their removal from the body. The medication can also decrease the amount of these particles that are made and released from the liver. Depending on the type of cholesterol problem you have, Lipofen may also:
 

Clinical Effects

In one group of clinical research studies, people taking fenofibrate medications (such as Lipofen) were able to:
 
  • Reduce triglyceride levels by 28.9 percent
  • Reduce LDL cholesterol by 20.6 percent
  • Reduce total cholesterol by 18.7 percent
  • Raise HDL cholesterol by 11 percent.
     
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