Being an antihyperlipidemic agent, Lopid helps to treat high blood cholesterol as well as triglycerides. It works more efficiently when combined with a proper diet. It reduces the blood levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol production in the liver. Besides this, it also helps to increase the level of good cholesterol in the blood.
Dosage and Directions
- Lopid should be consumed orally two times a day, half an hour before breakfast and dinner.
- Following a healthy diet with limited consumption of saturated fats, will give faster results.
- Following an exercise regime during medication will give better results.
- Follow the instructions of your doctor while consuming this medicine.
- Never modify the dosage without the permission of the doctor.
- Never consume alcohol when you are on a course Lopid.
- Patients may need to undergo lab tests to check for side effects and effectiveness of the medicine.
Missed or Overdose
In case you miss a dose and realize it close to the time of your next dose, then you can resume your regular schedule. Never consume a double dose, or consume two doses within a short time gap, else it may trigger side effects. In case you notice any unusual symptoms, then you should seek immediate medical assistance.
Lopid should be stored at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F. Never keep it in the bathroom. Ensure that it is not within reach of children and pets. Never keep it in places that are hot, bright, or moist.
Word of Warning
- As the active ingredient of Lopid is Gemfibrozil, it is not suitable for patients who are allergic to it or any other component of the medicine.
- It is not suitable for patients suffering from liver, kidney, or gallbladder issues.
- Patients taking HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or repaglinide should not consume Lopid.
- Lopid interacts with many drugs; hence, you need to discuss your medical history and allergy history with your doctor before you start a course of Lopid.
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing.
- Lopid is not suitable for children.
- Share the list of all medicines, herbal as well as non-herbal, which you are taking.
- Also, update the doctor if you are taking any dietary supplements.
Lopid interacts with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, Oral anticoagulants, oral antidiabetic agents, Sulfonylureas, and other medicines. Hence you need to discuss this with your doctor before you start a course of Lopid.
Lopid is known to cause dizzy spells, sleepiness, and blurring of vision. The effects may worsen if consumed with alcohol or other medicines. Hence, you need to avoid driving or undertaking any tasks which require concentration. Some patients also complain of an upset stomach and acute pain.
The side effects may be aggravated if you are consuming high-dose niacin, or will be undergoing dental treatment or surgery. Elders are more prone to side effects. Other common side effects include skin allergies, breathlessness, swelling of the limbs, erratic heartbeat, blurring of vision, reduced libido, fatigue, frequent urination, sore throat, yellowness in the skin and eyes. In case you notice any abnormality, then you need to inform the doctor and seek medical assistance immediately.