Tricor is part of a class of drugs known as fibric acid derivatives (also known as fibrates). It works by increasing the production of an enzyme, known as lipoprotein lipase, that breaks down triglyceride-rich particles (VLDL) and increases their removal from the body. It can also decrease the amount of these particles made and released from the liver. Depending on the type of cholesterol problem you have, Tricor may also:
- Decrease LDL and total cholesterol levels
- Increase HDL cholesterol
- Decrease fibrinogen (another risk factor for heart disease and strokes)
- Increase the excretion of uric acid.
Since Tricor can lower both LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels (along with lowering total cholesterol and increasing HDL), a person can decrease his or her risk of developing certain health problems in the future.
In previous clinical research studies, people taking Tricor 145 mg daily were able to:
- Reduce triglyceride levels by 20 percent to 55 percent
- Reduce LDL cholesterol by 20 percent to 30 percent*
- Reduce total cholesterol by 10 percent to 20 percent
- Raise HDL cholesterol by 10 percent to 20 percent.
*In studies in which people had triglyceride levels greater than 350mg/dL, Tricor actually raised LDL levels.
Some general considerations for when and how to take the medication include:
- Tricor comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth once a day.
- You are recommended to take it with a drink of water, and you may take it with or without food.
- It should be taken at the same time every day to help maintain an even level of the medicine in the blood. Do not take it more often than directed.
- For it to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Tricor will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are taking a bile acid sequestrant, make sure to take your dose more than one hour before, or more than four hours after, the bile acid sequestrant. Bile acid sequestrants include: