Introduction to Lipicard 160mg
Lipicard 160 Tablet is a medicine used to treat high cholesterol. This medicine helps by lowering triglycerides and “bad” cholesterol (LDL), while at the same time raising the levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL). Lowering cholesterol levels reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Lipicard 160 Tablet should be taken in the dose and duration as advised by the doctor. You can take it at any time of day with food but try to take it at the same time each day. Most people with high cholesterol do not feel ill, but if you stop taking this medicine, your condition could get worse. This may lead to your cholesterol levels rising up again and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. It is important to have your cholesterol levels checked regularly.
This medicine is only one part of a treatment program which should also include a healthy diet, regular exercise, smoking cessation, moderation of alcohol intake and weight reduction. You can eat normally while taking this medicine, but try to avoid foods that are high in fat.
Common side effects of this medicine include nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. Before taking this medicine it is better to let your doctor know about all the other medicines that are prescribed to you. This medicine should be taken with caution if you are suffering from any kidney or liver disease. Also, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should not take this medicine without consulting the doctor.
Uses of Lipicard 160mg
Hyperlipidemia or High cholesterol
How does Lipicard 160 Tablet Works?
Fenofibrate enhances lipolysis and elimination of triglyceride-rich particles from plasma by activating lipoprotein lipase and by reducing the production of apoprotein C-III (an inhibitor of lipoprotein lipase activity).
It also activates peroxisome proliferator activated receptor alpha receptor, which generates peroxisomes filled with hydrogen peroxide, reactive oxygen species and few hydroxyl radicals that also induces lipolysis and enhance lipid metabolism.
Side Effects of Lipicard 160
- Chills and fever
- Itching and skin rash
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stuffy Nose
- Increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
Dosages of Lipicard 160
Other Dosage of Lipicard 160mg
How To Manage Side Effects
Feeling sick (nausea):
Try taking this medicine with, or just after meal. Stick to simple meals. Do not eat rich or spicy food.
Bloating or wind:
Eat smaller and frequent meals. Eat and drink slowly, and exercise regularly. If the symptoms get worse, contact your doctor straight away.
Drink lots of fluids, such as water or juice, to avoid dehydration. Do not take any medicines without speaking to a doctor.
Try to rest and relax. You can eat and drink slowly or have smaller and frequent meals. Keeping a heat pad on your stomach may also help. If still pain persists, speak to your doctor.
Warning & Precautions
You have an intolerance to certain sugars (lactose intolerance)
You or someone in your family has muscle-related disorders
You have a thyroid disorder
You have liver or kidney disease
You consume too much alcohol
Avoid drinking alcohol as it can raise liver enzymes and liver functions test (LFT), thereby damaging your liver.
Lipicard-160 Tablet 10’s is a Category C risk medicine; talk with your doctor if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Lipicard-160 Tablet 10’s should be used only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk.
Lipicard-160 Tablet 10’s should not be used in nursing mothers unless clearly necessary. So, inform your doctor if you are a nursing mother. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and potential risks before prescribing Lipicard-160 Tablet 10’s.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Lipicard-160 Tablet 10’s does not impact your ability to drive or operate machinery.
Caution is advised. If you have/had liver problems, your doctor may need to monitor your liver function.
Lipicard-160 Tablet 10’s should not be used in severe kidney problems, including in patients on dialysis. However, mild to moderate kidney patients can use Lipicard-160 Tablet 10’s if prescribed by the doctor.
The use of Lipicard-160 Tablet 10’s is not recommended in children under the age of 18.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What diet should I follow with Lipicard 160 tablet?
Ans. Lipicard 160 tablet is given to lower the levels of fat in your body. For effective control follow a low fat, low sugar diet along with regular walking and exercise schedule.
2. How should I take Lipicard 160 tablet?
Ans. Take Lipicard 160 tablet as prescribed by your doctor. It works best when taken along with your meals.
3. How long should I take Lipicard 160?
Ans. You must continue taking the medicine until the doctor advises you to stop. It is usually prescribed for long term use.
4. Is Lipicard a fenofibrate?
Ans. Yes, Lipicard contains fenofibrate which increases the breakdown of fat in the body and helps in lowering the levels of triglycerides thereby reducing the risk of heart diseases and other health problems.