Lipway

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Uses

What is Lipway used for?

Lipways is a brand name of the generic drug fenofibrate. Fenofibrate is part of a class of drugs known as lipid-lowering agents, specifically a fibrate. Together with a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, fibrates help to lower total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol levels while improving high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good” cholesterol levels. This results in lowering the risk or formation of atherosclerotic plaques, which can cause hypertension and embolisms.

Lipway is mainly indicated to treat the following conditions:

  • Hyperlipidemia (type IIa, IIb, III, IV, V)

How should I take Lipway?

Lipway is available as oral tablets and capsules. The tablet or capsule should be taken by mouth without chewing, crushing, or opening it. The tablet or capsule should be taken with meals.

How do I store fenofibrate?

This drug should be stored at room temperature (<30°C) and be protected from light and moisture. Always check the label before using this product. For safety, keep out of the reach of children and pets.

Do not use if the printed expiration date has passed, the product seal has been broken, or the product has changed in color, odor, or consistency.

Do not dispose of this product by pouring it down the drain, toilet, or into the environment. Ask your pharmacist regarding the proper way and location of disposal.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Lipway?

Lipid-lowering agents, including fenofibrate, may be associated with an increased risk of muscle pain, weakness, and fatigue. This risk is further increased in patients taking other medications such as statins or certain antibiotics.

Before using this medication, inform your doctor if:

  • You have ever had an allergic reaction to fenofibrate or other lipid-lowering agents.
  • You have a history of allergy to other medications, food, or other substances.
  • You are taking other medications, especially other lipid-lowering agents.
  • You have underlying health conditions.
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

This drug is a pregnancy category C drug. There is insufficient evidence from human studies that shows it can cause fetal harm when taken during pregnancy. This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, as determined by your doctor.

This drug may be excreted in breast milk. This drug should be used while breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the child, as determined by your doctor.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Lipway?

All drugs have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use. Many side effects are dose-related and will resolve when it is adjusted or at the end of therapy.

Potential side effects while using this drug include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Myopathy
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Rash
  • Photosensitivity

Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of these serious, potentially fatal drug reactions:

  • Hypersensitivity reaction
  • Rhabdomyolysis

You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above. If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Lipway?

This drug may interact with other medications. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and inform your doctor and pharmacist.

Known drugs and their interactions with fenofibrate include:

  • Colchicine, statins, and other fibrates
    • Increased risk for myopathy and rhabdomyolysis
  • Ciclosporin
    • Increased risk of nephrotoxicity
  • Oral anticoagulants
    • Increased risk of bleeding
  • Ezetimibe
    • May enhance the adverse effects of this drug
  • Bile acid sequestrants
    • May decrease the absorption of these drugs

If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medication. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.

Does food or alcohol interact with Lipway?

This medication should be taken with meals for optimal absorption and effect. This drug should not be taken with alcohol as it may increase the risk of liver damage.

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.

What health conditions may interact with Lipway?

This drug should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors:

  • Severe renal impairment
  • Active liver disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Pancreatitis

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Lipway.

What is the dose of Lipway for an adult?

For the management of primary hypercholesterolemia or mixed dyslipidemia

  • Take 160 mg per day.
  • If you are taking the Lipway-SR capsule, limit intake to 1 capsule per day.

For the management of elevated serum triglyceride levels

  • Initially: take 54-160 mg per day.
  • Maintenance: adjust the dose at intervals of 4 to 8 weeks.
  • Maximum daily dose: 160 mg.
  • If you are taking the Lipway-SR capsule, limit intake to 1 capsule per day.

What is the dose of Lipway for a child?

The recommended dosage and use of this drug in children have not been established. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist for alternatives or more information.

How is Lipway available?

This drug is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Lipway tablet 160 mg
  • Lipway-SR capsule 250 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of this drug, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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