|Type of medicine||Fibrate lipid-regulating drug|
|Used for||Hyperlipidaemia (high levels of cholesterol and other fats in the blood)|
Ciprofibrate is used to control the levels of cholesterol and other lipids (fats) in the blood if other treatments are not suitable. Lipids are made naturally in the body and are also absorbed from the food we eat. If levels of lipids in the blood are too high, they can stick to the walls of blood vessels. Eventually this leads to a narrowing of the blood vessels and can even block them completely.
High levels of lipids do not make people feel ill but can cause problems if left untreated. By lowering the level of cholesterol and other fats in the blood, ciprofibrate helps prevent any long-term effects caused by fat building up in blood vessels, such as heart disease.
Before taking ciprofibrate
Before taking ciprofibrate make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have liver or kidney problems.
- If you have gall bladder problems.
- If you have thyroid problems.
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine.
How to take ciprofibrate
- Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
- Take ciprofibrate exactly as your doctor has told you.
- It is not important whether you take ciprofibrate before or after food.
- Try to take your dose of ciprofibrate at the same time each day to avoid missing any doses.
- If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until the following day, skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Treatment with ciprofibrate is usually lifelong.
- Keep your regular doctor's appointment so your progress can be monitored.
- Follow carefully any advice you have been given about a healthy diet and taking exercise.
- If you are a smoker, ask your doctor or pharmacist about how to stop. Smoking tends to increase your lipid levels.
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol while you are being treated with ciprofibrate as alcohol can increase your cholesterol levels.
- If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with ciprofibrate.
Can ciprofibrate cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Possible side-effects||What can I do if I experience this|
|Indigestion, abdominal pain, feeling or being sick||Stick to simple or bland foods - avoid rich or spicy foods|
|Diarrhoea||Drink plenty of water to replace any lost fluids|
|Allergic skin rashes or itching, headache, vertigo (a spinning sensation), and dizziness||If any of these become troublesome, speak with your doctor|
Important: If you have any unusual aches, pains, swelling or tenderness in your muscles, contact your doctor straight away.
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store ciprofibrate
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 60th Edition (September 2010) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Ciprofibrate 100mg Tablets; Manufacturer's PIL, Ciprofibrate 100mg Tablets, Winthrop Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated December 2010.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 20/04/2011||Document ID: 3546 Version: 23||© EMIS|
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