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Fenoglide is a medicine used along with diet to reduce high triglycerides (type of fat in the blood). Fenoglide is also used to reduce total cholesterol, "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and increase "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
How does this medication work?
Fenoglide works by reducing the production of triglycerides in your body.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Fenoglide has been shown to reduce triglyceride and LDL levels, and increase HDL levels.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. Though you may not feel an improvement or change in the way you feel, it is very important to keep taking your medicine as prescribed to keep your condition under control.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your cholesterol levels during your treatment with Fenoglide. Appropriate diet and exercise also contribute to your overall heart health and will also affect the results of your blood tests.
Taking Fenoglide is not a substitute for following a healthy low-fat and low-cholesterol diet and exercising to lower your cholesterol.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: liver problems, runny nose.
Less common side effects may include:
Muscle problems with symptoms such as muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness; a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or lack of well-being; or fever.
Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) with symptoms such as pain in your abdomen (stomach area) that is severe and will not go away. You may feel the pain going from your abdomen through to your back and may experience vomiting.
Fenoglide may also cause formation of gallstones in your body.
Do not take Fenoglide if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Fenoglide if you have kidney or liver problems (including cirrhosis [scarring of the liver]), or gallbladder disease.
Do not take Fenoglide if you are breastfeeding.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Fenoglide. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney, liver, thyroid, or gallbladder problems; diabetes; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
High Triglyceride Levels
Adults: The starting dose is 40 to 120 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
High Cholesterol Levels or a Combination of High Cholesterol and High Triglyceride Levels
Adults: The starting dose is 120 mg once a day.
If you have kidney impairment, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.
Take Fenoglide exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Fenoglide without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Fenoglide with food.
Swallow Fenoglide tablets whole. Do not crush, dissolve, or chew the tablets.
Your healthcare provider will likely start you on a low-fat diet before prescribing Fenoglide. Stay on this diet while you are taking Fenoglide.
Do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Limiting your alcohol intake is an important factor in controlling your triglyceride levels.
If Fenoglide is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Fenoglide with the following: blood thinners (such as warfarin), certain medicines that suppress your immune system (such as cyclosporine or tacrolimus), cholesterol-lowering medicines known as bile acid resins (such as cholestyramine or colestipol), or colchicine.
The effects of Fenoglide during pregnancy are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Fenoglide. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Fenoglide, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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