You can now buy Tricor (fenofibrate) as a generic. The generic versions come in two strengths and are considered to be equivalent to brand-name Tricor. However, they may contain different inactive ingredients, which may lead to problems in people with certain sensitivities.
Can I Buy Generic Tricor?
- Lowering cholesterol levels in patients with hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol). Tricor can reduce both total and LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
- Lowering triglyceride levels in patients with hypertriglyceridemia (high triglycerides). Triglycerides are fat-like substances found in the body.
Brand-name Tricor is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories. However, it is also available in generic form.
Availability of Generic Tricor
- Fenofibrate 48 mg
- Fenofibrate 145 mg.
- Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals.
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An “AB” rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic Tricor versions currently available have an “AB” rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Tricor.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
It should be noted that there are several legitimate, FDA-approved versions of generic fenofibrate that are not equivalent to Tricor and that cannot be used interchangeably by your pharmacist, unless your healthcare provider approves. Some of the generic versions are not the same strengths as Tricor. Also, the formulation of some of the generic products is significantly different.
For example, Tricor can be taken with or without food. Some of the generic fenofibrate medications must be taken with food, since taking them on an empty stomach decreases the absorption of the medication. While these generic medications may serve as alternatives to Tricor, they cannot be considered generic versions of it. If you have questions about whether a particular generic is a true equivalent for Tricor, ask your pharmacist.