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What is this medication?

LOPID (Gemfibrozil)
Antilipemic Agent, Fibric Acid

Gemfibrozil is indicated for the treatment of hypertriglyceridemia in Fredrickson types IV and V hyperlipidemia.

How does this medication work? 

LOPID (Gemfibrozil) reduces lipolysis and hepatic uptake of fatty acids along with secretion of VLDL cholesterol.  Gemfibrozil also has been shown to increase HDL cholesterol; however the mechanism behind the HDL elevation is currently not known.

How should I take this medication? 

Oral: Take 600mg twice daily.

How to Take: Take 30 minutes prior to meals.

What should I watch for while using this medication? 

Before starting LOPID (Gemfibrozil), make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take.  Gemfibrozil can cause cholelithiasis, elevate hepatic enzymes, hematologic disturbances (i.e. anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, bone marrow hypoplasia), malignancy, myopathy/rhabdomyolysis.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?

Dyspepsia, atrial fibrillation, fatigue, vertigo, eczema, skin rash, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting.

Note this is not a complete list of side effects for LOPID (Gemfibrozil), only common ones.