Dietary changes and increased physical activity are often the first treatments for high cholesterol and triglycerides. However, if lifestyle changes are not enough, a medication such as gemfibrozil (Lopid®) may be needed.
By reducing levels of triglyceride (a fat-like substance) and cholesterol in the body, you can help prevent conditions such as:
Gemfibrozil comes in tablet form and is taken twice daily. It is generally recommended to take it with a glass of water 30 minutes before morning and evening meals. Heartburn, upset stomach, and diarrhea are some of the drug's most common side effects.
Before using gemfibrozil, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, as well as any allergies you may have, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have any other medical conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, or gallstones.
(Click Gemfibrozil for more information. This article covers how the medication works, lists other safety precautions, and explains what to do if you miss a dose.)