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A healthcare provider may prescribe gemfibrozil (Lopid®) oral tablets to treat high triglycerides and/or high cholesterol. Gemfibrozil is part of a class of drugs known as fibric acid derivatives. It is believed to work by slowing down the production of triglycerides and very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) in the liver. The medication also causes an increase in high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Depending on the type of cholesterol problem you have, gemfibrozil may decrease low density lipoprotein (LDL) and total cholesterol levels.
Although most people tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with gemfibrozil, talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. Some of the common side effects of this medication include nausea, diarrhea, and fatigue.
Gemfibrozil oral tablets come in only one strength -- 600 mg -- and is typically taken twice a day by mouth. Your prescribed dosage will vary, based on factors such as other medications you are currently taking, other medical conditions you may have, and the medical condition being treated.
(Click Gemfibrozil for more information on how this medication can be beneficial in treating high triglycerides and high cholesterol, general dosing guidelines, and tips on effectively using it.)