Tricor is a drug used to lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels. In previous clinical research studies, people taking 145 mg daily were able to reduce total cholesterol by 10 percent to 20 percent, "bad cholesterol" by 20 percent to 30 percent, and triglyceride levels by 20 percent to 55 percent. Tricor comes in tablet form and is taken once a day. Possible side effects include constipation, headache, and abdominal pain.
Tricor® (fenofibrate) is a prescription medication that is used to reduce triglycerides (a fat-like substance) and cholesterol levels in the body. Lowering the amounts of these substances may help to prevent conditions such as heart disease, angina (chest pain), strokes, and heart attacks. Tricor should be used in combination with diet and exercise.
Tricor is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories.
Tricor has been licensed for several uses, including:
- Lowering cholesterol levels in patients with hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol). Tricor can reduce total cholesterol, LDL ("bad cholesterol"), apo B (a component of cholesterol that is related to several heart disease risk factors), and VLDL (very low density lipoprotein cholesterol). Tricor can also raise HDL ("good cholesterol").
- Lowering triglycerides in patients with hypertriglyceridemia (high triglyceride levels). Very high triglyceride levels in the body increase the risk of developing a condition known as pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
Tricor can actually cause an increase in LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) for people with very high levels of triglycerides (greater than 350mg/dL). Therefore, Tricor should be used with extreme caution or not at all in people with this condition who also have high levels of LDL cholesterol.
(Click Tricor Uses for more information on these specific uses.)