Tricor is prescribed along with a non-drug program (including diet changes) to treat cholesterol and lipid disorders.
Tricor is used, along with a special diet, to treat people with very high levels of triglycerides (a fatty substance in the blood). Tricor also improves cholesterol levels by lowering total cholesterol--including "bad" LDL cholesterol--and raising "good" HDL cholesterol. It works by promoting the dissolution and elimination of fat particles in the blood.
Tricor is usually added to a treatment regimen only when other measures have failed to produce adequate results. Often, diet and exercise are enough to bring blood fats under control. Likewise, it's sometimes sufficient to simply treat an underlying problem such as diabetes, underactive thyroid, kidney disease, liver dysfunction, or alcoholism. And in some cases, just discontinuing a medication is enough to do the job. For instance, certain water pills and "beta-blocker" heart medications are capable of causing a massive increase in triglyceride levels. Estrogen replacement therapy is another potential culprit.
Whatever your other treatment measures may be, it's important to remember that Tricor is intended to supplement them, rather than replace them outright. To get the full benefit of the medication, you need to stick to the diet, exercise program, and other treatments your doctor prescribes. All these efforts to keep your cholesterol and triglyceride levels normal are important because together they may lower your risk of heart disease. If you're judged to be at high risk of heart disease, current guidelines call for considering drug therapy when LDL levels reach 130. For people at lower risk, the cut-off is 160. For those at little or no risk, it's 190.
- Trouble sleeping;
- Upset stomach;
If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
- Muscle pain;
Very unlikely but report promptly:
- Yellowing eyes or skin;
- Stomach pain;
- Decreased sexual drive;
In the unlikely event you have a serious allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical
Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include:
- Trouble breathing;
- Severe dizziness;
Tricor side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Respiratory Disorders;
- Back Pain;
- Abdominal Pain;
High cholesterol levels or a combination of high cholesterol and high triglycerides
The initial dose of Tricor is 160 mg per day.
High triglyceride levels
The starting dose of Tricor ranges from 54 to 160 mg per day. The usual starting dose of Lofibra is 67 mg a day. Your doctor may increase the dose every 4 to 8 weeks if your triglycerides do not improve. The maximum dose of Tricor is 160 mg a day. For Lofibra, the maximum dose is about 200 mg a day.
The starting dose of Tricor for older adults and those with poor kidney function is 54 mg per day. For Lofibra, the starting dose is 67 mg a day.