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Some precautions and warnings to be aware while taking Tricor include:
- If you are over the age of 65 or have kidney problems, your healthcare provider may choose to start you at a lower-than-normal dose.
- Tricor can interact with certain medications (see Tricor Drug Interactions).
- Tricor has been known to cause an increase in liver enzymes. Therefore, you are recommended to have a blood test that looks at your liver function before starting Tricor and several months after treatment has started. These tests may also be recommended if the Tricor dosage is changed (see Tricor and Liver Problems).
- Tricor can increase the cholesterol content in the bile, leading to gallstones. Your healthcare provider may decide to have you stop taking Tricor if gallstones are found in your body.
- Tricor has been associated with the rare but serious condition known as rhabdomyolysis (severe breakdown of muscles). Your risk increases if you are elderly, have kidney disease, or are not being properly treated for hypothyroidism. Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you experience any muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if they are accompanied by unexplained tiredness or fever (see Tricor and Muscle Pain).
- Tricor has been shown to cause a decrease in certain blood cells at the beginning of therapy. Your healthcare provider may decide to monitor your blood counts more closely during the first 12 months of your treatment.
- Tricor is considered to be a pregnancy Category C medicine. This means it has not been studied in pregnant women. However, when studied in animals, it did produce a negative effect on the fetus. If you are pregnant, you should take Tricor only if the benefit outweighs the possible risk to your unborn child. If you become pregnant while taking Tricor, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
- It is not known whether Tricor passes through breast milk. It has been shown to increase the risk of tumors in nursing animals. Therefore, if you are nursing and taking Tricor, it is recommended that you either stop nursing or discontinue Tricor. This decision should be made by your healthcare provider.