What is Tricor?

Tricor (fenofibrate) is a lipid-lowering medication that is used to treat

high cholesterol and high triglycerides in the blood. High cholesterol and

triglycerides can lead to hardening of the arteries, which can increase your risk of

heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks. Tricor works by reducing the amount of

lipids (fats) in your blood. This can help to lower your cholesterol and triglyceride

levels. Tricor is available as a generic drug. Generic drugs are typically less

expensive than brand-name drugs.

Health Benefits

Tricor can help to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. This can

help to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks. Tricor may also

help to prevent the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Atherosclerosis can lead to heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks. Tricor is not a

weight-loss medication and will not help you to lose weight.

Side Effects

Tricor can cause side effects such as headache, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain,

nausea, and vomiting. Tricor can also cause dizziness. If you experience any of these

side effects, you should contact your doctor. Tricor can also cause more serious side

effects, such as allergic reactions, liver problems, and kidney problems. If you

experience any of these side effects, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Tricor is a medication that can help to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.

It is important to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking Tricor

before you start taking the medication.

Dosages

The usual starting dose of Tricor is 145 mg once daily. Your doctor may increase your

dose to 290 mg once daily, depending on your response to the medication. Tricor is

available as a tablet that you take by mouth. Tricor should be taken with food.

If you miss a dose of Tricor, you should take it as soon as possible. If it is almost

time for your next dose, you should skip the missed dose and continue with your

regular dosing schedule. You should not take two doses of Tricor at the same time.

You should store Tricor at room temperature, away from light and moisture.

Interactions

Tricor can interact with other medications. Before taking Tricor, you should tell

your doctor if you are taking any other medications, including over-the-counter

medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. You should not take Tricor if you are

allergic to fenofibrate or any other ingredients in Tricor.

Tricor can interact with other medications, such as fenofibric acid, gemfibrozil, and

atorvastatin. These interactions can increase your risk of side effects. You should

tell your doctor if you are taking any of these medications before you start taking

Tricor.

You should not take Tricor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tricor can pass into

breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should tell your doctor if you are

pregnant or breastfeeding before you start taking Tricor.

Mechanism of Action

Tricor works by reducing the amount of lipids (fats) in your blood. This can help to lower

your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Tricor belongs to a class of drugs called

lipid-lowering agents, or statins. Statins work by inhibiting an enzyme in the liver

called HMG-CoA reductase. This enzyme is responsible for making cholesterol. By

inhibiting this enzyme, statins reduce the amount of cholesterol made by the liver.

Pharmacokinetics

Tricor is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. The mean peak plasma

concentration of Tricor is reached within 1 to 2 hours after oral administration. Tricor

is distributed into tissues, including the liver. Tricor is metabolized in the liver and

excreted in the urine and feces. The half-life of Tricor is 24 hours.

Alternatives to Tricor

There are a number of alternatives to Tricor. Some of these alternatives include

atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, and rosuvastatin. These medications

work by inhibiting the same enzyme in the liver (HMG-CoA reductase) as Teicor.