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What is Tricor

Tricor helps reduce types of fat in the blood. Tricor is especially good at lowering triglycerides and a form of cholesterol called very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL). High levels of these types of fat in the blood are associated with an increased chance of pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas that can result in severe stomach pain and even death.

Tricor may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Tricor

Follow any special diet and exercise plan recommended by your doctor while taking this medication. Diet and exercise are very important factors in controlling cholesterol.

Call your doctor immediately if you experience severe stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, muscle pain, muscle weakness, or fever. These symptoms could be early signs of serious side effects.

Avoid alcohol or use it only in moderation while taking Tricor. Alcohol can raise triglyceride levels and it can be damaging to your liver while taking one of these medicines.

Who should not take Tricor

Before taking Tricor, tell your doctor if you have:
- liver disease,
- biliary cirrhosis,
- kidney disease,
- gallbladder disease,
- hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland), or
- diabetes.

You may not be able to take Tricor, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Tricor is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Tricor will harm an unborn baby. Do not take Tricor without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

Tricor should not be used by nursing mothers. Do not take Tricor without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should take Tricor

Take Tricor exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Take Tricor with a meal or with food.

Store Tricor at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose:

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless your doctor directs otherwise.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a Tricor overdose are not known.

Avoid while taking Tricor

Follow any diet or exercise plan outlined by your doctor. Diet and exercise are very important factors in controlling cholesterol.

Avoid alcohol or use it only in moderation while taking a fibric acid derivative. Alcohol can raise triglyceride levels, and it can be damaging to your liver while you are taking one of these medicines.

Possible side effects of Tricor

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Tricor and contact your doctor or seek medical attention:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- severe stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting;
- muscle aches, pain, cramping, or weakness; or
- fever.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Tricor and talk to your doctor if you experience
- joint pain;
- indigestion;
- bloating or flatulence; or
- a rash.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Tricor

Before taking Tricor, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- an anticoagulant (blood thinner) such as warfarin (Coumadin);
- cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune);
- lovastatin (Mevacor), simvastatin (Zocor), pravastatin (Pravachol), fluvastatin (Lescol), atorvastatin (Lipitor), or cerivastatin (Baycol); or
- cholestyramine (Questran) or colestipol (Colestid).

You may not be able to take Tricor, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the drugs listed above.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Tricor. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

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