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Fenoglide Warnings and Precautions

There are many warnings and precautions with Fenoglide to be aware of before starting treatment, including information on who should not use the drug. You should not take Fenoglide if you are breastfeeding or have gallbladder disease, active liver disease or unexplained high liver enzymes, or severe kidney disease (as Fenoglide can potentially cause problems in people with these conditions).

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Fenoglide?

You should talk to your healthcare provider prior to taking Fenoglide® (fenofibrate) if you have:
 
  • Gallbladder disease, including gallstones
  • Liver disease, liver failure, or a history of liver disease
  • Kidney disease or kidney failure
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
     
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Fenoglide Precautions and Warnings

Some precautions and warnings with Fenoglide to be aware of include:
 
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) has been reported rarely in people taking Fenoglide or other similar medications. This could be a direct result of the medication or might simply be a complication of very high triglyceride levels (one of the conditions Fenoglide is used to treat).
     
  • Fenoglide can cause increased liver enzymes (which can be a sign of liver problems). These abnormalities are found using standard blood tests.
     
  • Make sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness, especially if it is with a fever or if you feel ill (see Fenoglide and Muscle Pain).
     
  • Fenoglide may increase the risk of gallbladder disease, including gallstones.
     
  • Surprisingly, some studies have suggested that fenofibrate medications (like Fenoglide) might actually increase the risk of death. It is not yet clear how Fenoglide may affect the risk of death due to heart disease or other causes.
     
  • Fenoglide may theoretically interact with a number of medications (see Fenoglide Drug Interactions).
     
  • Studies have suggested that fenofibrate medications (like Fenoglide) might increase the risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs.
     
  • Fenoglide is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown. If you are pregnant and taking Fenoglide, talk to your healthcare provider immediately (see Fenoglide and Pregnancy).
     
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