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Fenoglide is licensed to treat high triglycerides and unhealthy cholesterol levels. It works to decrease triglycerides, increase good cholesterol, and lower both total and bad cholesterol. Occasionally, healthcare providers may prescribe this medication for "off-label" uses as well. Off-label uses for Fenoglide may include the prevention of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
Fenoglide® (fenofibrate) is a prescription medication licensed to treat unhealthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels. It is approved for the treatment of the following conditions:
- High triglycerides (known as hypertriglyceridemia).
- Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) or dyslipidemia (unhealthy cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels).
High levels of triglycerides (the fat-like substances in the body) in the blood can have many negative effects on the body. They can accumulate on the walls of arteries, which decreases the blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart, brain, and other parts of your body. Hypertriglyceridemia can also increase a person's risk for developing heart disease, angina, a heart attack, and stroke.
Very high levels of this fat-like substance can produce a condition known as pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Pancreatitis can be quite painful and can sometimes causes serious health problems. Fenoglide has been licensed for the treatment of high triglycerides (in addition to diet and exercise). It works by increasing the breakdown and removal of these fat-like substances.
Like other similar medications, Fenoglide can actually cause an increase in LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) for people with very high levels of triglycerides (greater than 350 mg/dL). Therefore, Fenoglide should be used with caution for people with this condition who also have high levels of LDL cholesterol.