Gemfibrozil - Drug Information

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General Information on Gemfibrozil

Generic Name : Gemfibrozil

Pronunciation : jem-FYE-broe-zil

Latest prescription information about Gemfibrozil. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Antilipemics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Gemfibrozil

India : 

International : 

Gempar Cap, Lipizyl Cap, Lopid Cap, Lopid Film-Coated Tab, Losterol Cap, Normolip Cap, Triglyd Cap

Why is Gemfibrozil Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antihyperlipidemic agent, used to treat obesity, blockages in blood vessels by reducing the cholesterol level and triglyceride level in blood, for patients at risk of pancreatic disease. 

When should Gemfibrozil not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity, severe liver or kidney dysfunction, gallstones, newborns, children, pregnancy and lactation.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Gemfibrozil?

Adult- PO- The recommended dose is 600 mg, twice daily before meals.

How should Gemfibrozil be taken?

This medication is available in the form of tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken twice a day, on an empty stomach. (Take hr before meals.)

What are the warnings and precautions for Gemfibrozil?

Causes of secondary hyperlipidaemia (excess level of lipids) such as hypothyroidism (insufficient production of thyroid hormone) and diabetes must be treated before initiating therapy.
It may cause kidney failure, blood disorders.
The drug should be tried out for 3 months. If there is no difference in the serum lipid levels, it should be stopped.
It may increase risk of gallstones.
Caution should be exercised in patients with underactive thyroid, any allergy, and who are taking other medications.

What are the side effects of Gemfibrozil?

  Heart: Abnormal heart rhythm.
  Central Nervous System: Fatigue, vertigo and headache.
  Skin: Different types of skin swelling and rash.
  Eye and ENT: Blurred vision.
  Gastrointestinal: Upset stomach, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, constipation and acute appendicitis.
  Genitourinary: Impotence.
  Blood: Decrease hemoglobin level, decrease in the number of white blood cells, bone marrow incomplete development of a tissue or organ abd high concentration of eosinophils.
  Liver: Elevated Liver functions and jaundice.
  Metabolic: Mild high blood sugar.
  Miscellaneous: Muscle pain or weakness, inflammation of the skeletal muscles, rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle and taste perversions.

What are the other precautions for Gemfibrozil?

Monitor liver functions, kidney function, cholesterol, and complete blood counts while taking this medication.

What are the storage conditions of Gemfibrozil?

Oral: Store below 30C. Store it in an airtight container and keep away from children.


Schedule : H

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