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    Information about Gemfibrozil

    Gemfibrozil uses

    Gemfibrozil is used in the treatment of high triglycerides and high cholesterol.

    How gemfibrozil works

    Gemfibrozil is a lipid-lowering medication. It works by lowering the levels of triglycerides and "bad" cholesterol (LDL) while raising the levels of "good" cholesterol (HDL).

    Common side effects of gemfibrozil

    Increased liver enzymes, Vomiting, Nausea, Abdominal pain, Diarrhoea, Flatulence

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    Expert advice for Gemfibrozil

    • Medication of choice for lowering triglyceride levels in the blood. Can reduce triglycerides by up to 50%.
    • Regular exercise and low-fat diet further help to lower levels of fat in the blood.
    • Take Gemfibrozil half an hour before meals.
    • Notify your doctor if you are more tired than usual, do not feel hungry, or if you have yellow eyes, skin or dark urine.
    • Do not discontinue Gemfibrozil without consulting your doctor even if you feel better.
    • Avoid alcohol consumption (includes wine, beer, and liquor).

    Frequently asked questions for Gemfibrozil


    Q. Is Gemfibrozil a fibrate/ statin/blood thinner/ narcotic/fenofibrate/ beta blocker?

    Gemfibrozil is a fibrate and not a statin/ blood thinner/ narcotic/ fenofibrate/ beta blocker. Patients should follow the advice of doctor regarding its use

    Q. Is Gemfibrozil safe?

    Gemfibrozil is safe at the prescribed dose and duration as advised by the doctor

    Q. Is gemfibrozil the same as fenofibrate?

    Gemfibrozil and fenofibrate belong to the same category of medicines called fibrates and are used for lowering the level of triglycerides (type of fat) in the blood

    Q. Can you take gemfibrozil with simvastatin/Lipitor/niacin?

    Patients are advised not to take gemfibrozil with simvastatin/Lipitor (atorvastatin). Gemfibrozil along with niacin can be used in patients with very high fat

    Q. Does Gemfibrozil cause weight loss/ weight gain/raise blood sugar/ constipation/ hair loss/ diarrhea/ gallstones/ erectile dysfunction?

    Gemfibrozil causing diarrhea, constipation is common. Other side effects such as weight loss/ weight gain/ raise blood sugar/ hair loss/gallstones/ erectile dysfunction are very rare or uncommon. However, consult your doctor if you experience such side effects.

    Content on this page was last updated on 09 March, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)