Gemfibrozil - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Gemfibrozil helps lower your cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) levels.

Excessive cholesterol and triglycerides in your body can clog up your blood vessels. This can lead to many health problems such as stroke and heart diseases, including heart attack.

Gemfibrozil is meant to be taken as part of a complete cholesterol management programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet and lifestyle.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Gemfibrozil exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take Gemfibrozil on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before meals. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Gemfibrozil must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Gemfibrozil even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Gemfibrozil unless instructed by your doctor.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- kidney disease
- liver disease
- bile duct or gall bladder disease
as Gemfibrozil may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Gemfibrozil with repaglinide (medicine for diabetes).
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have thyroid disease.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Inform your doctor immediately if you experience muscle pain, weakness or tenderness especially if it is accompanied by fever or general body discomfort.

For as long as you are taking Gemfibrozil, you will need to have regular blood tests to monitor your body's response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these blood tests.
What side effects could I experience?
Common side effects of Gemfibrozil include any of the following: indigestion, stomach pain, nausea, wind, loss of appetite, headache and tiredness.

Gemfibrozil may cause dizziness and blurred vision. If you feel dizzy or if you cannot see clearly, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:

- persistent muscle pain, muscle cramps, numbness or weakness
- severe stomach pain or pain near the stomach area
- yellowing of the skin or the eyes
- brown or dark-coloured urine
- unusual tiredness
- rashes
- swollen eyes or mouth, breathlessness

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Remember not to take Gemfibrozil with repaglinide (medicine for diabetes).

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- warfarin (blood-thinning medicine)
- other cholesterol-lowering medicines e.g. atorvastatin, lovastatin or simvastatin
- diabetes medicines e.g. chlorpropamide, glipizide, rosiglitazone, insulin
- ciclosporin (a medicine used for organ transplants and rheumatoid illness)
- a herbal or food supplement called red yeast rice

Gemfibrozil should not be taken at the same time as colestipol. Colestipol reduces the effectiveness of Gemfibrozil when taken at the same time. If you are taking colestipol, take Gemfibrozil at least 2 hours before or after you have taken colestipol.

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Gemfibrozil.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on gemfibrozil - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2022 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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