Highlights for gemfibrozil
gemfibrozil Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- cold or flu-like symptoms
- dark yellow or brown urine
- lower back or side pain
- muscle pain
- pain or difficulty passing urine
- stomach pain with nausea and vomiting
- unusual tiredness
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- blurred vision
- decreased sexual function or desire
- stomach gas, heartburn
gemfibrozil May Interact with Other Medications
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- other cholesterol medicines like clofibrate and fenofibrate
- statin-type cholesterol lowering drugs like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, or simvastatin
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- red yeast rice
How to Use gemfibrozil
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine 30 minutes before a meal. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- gallbladder disease
- heart disease
- kidney or liver disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to gemfibrozil, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your blood fats and other tests will be measured from time to time.
This medicine is only part of a total cholesterol-lowering program. Your health care professional or dietician can suggest a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet that will reduce your risk of getting heart and blood vessel disease. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule.
If you are diabetic, close regulation and monitoring of your blood sugars can help your blood fat levels. This medicine may change the way your diabetic medicine works, and sometimes will require that your dosages be adjusted. Check with your doctor or health care professional.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light and humidity. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Last Updated: April 29, 2009