What Is Fenofibric Acid Used For?
Fenofibric acid is licensed for treating unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. More specifically, it is used to increase good cholesterol, decrease both total and bad cholesterol, and lower triglycerides. Healthcare providers may also occasionally prescribe this medication for "off-label" uses. Common off-label uses of fenofibric acid include the prevention of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, or strokes.
Fenofibric acid delayed-release (Trilipix™ or choline fenofibrate) is a prescription medication licensed to treat unhealthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels. It is approved to be used by itself or in combination with a statin (statins are another type of cholesterol medication). Specifically, fenofibric acid is approved for the following uses:
- Improving cholesterol and triglyceride levels in patients with hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) or dyslipidemia (unhealthy cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels). Fenofibric acid can reduce both total and LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), while decreasing triglycerides.
- Increasing HDL cholesterol and decreasing triglycerides in people already being optimally treated with a statin medication to reach their LDL goal. This use is approved only for people with coronary heart disease (CHD) or certain other risk factors (such as diabetes, peripheral artery disease, carotid artery disease, or an aortic aneurysm).
- Lowering triglyceride levels in patients with hypertriglyceridemia (high triglycerides). Triglycerides are fat-like substances found in the body.
Please note that this article refers to fenofibric acid delayed-release capsules (also known as choline fenofibrate, sold under the brand name Trilipix), not other similar medications, including fenofibric acid tablets or other fibrate medications. For more information about these medications, please see the following articles:
- Fibricor (fenofibric acid tablets)
- Antara (fenofibrate)
- Lofibra (fenofibrate)
- Lipofen (fenofibrate)
- Tricor (fenofibrate)
- Triglide (fenofibrate).
All fenofibric acid, choline fibrate, and fenofibrate medications end up as fenofibric acid in the body eventually.