Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Combination therapy: The use of fenofibrate and "statin" medications (e.g., atorvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin) at the same time may increase the risk of side effects. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking the two types of medications together.
Gallbladder disease: Fenofibrate may cause gallstones to form in some people.
Liver function: People with certain types of liver disease should have their liver function monitored by their doctor while taking this medication.
Skeletal muscle: On rare occasions, treatment with this type of medication has been associated with muscle pain, usually in people with reduced kidney function. You should contact your doctor as soon as possible if you notice unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, particularly if you also have malaise (general feeling of illness) or fever.
Pregnancy: Women who take this medication and who could become pregnant must use strict methods of birth control. Anyone who becomes pregnant in spite of birth control should stop taking fenofibrate and contact their doctor. Women who are planning pregnancy should stop taking fenofibrate several months before conception.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Fenofibrate should not be used by breast-feeding mothers.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of this medication have not been established for use by children.
Seniors: Seniors are more likely to have reduced kidney function and may need lower doses of this medication.