Lipofen generic name fenofibrate is sold under the brand names Antara, Fenoglide, Lipofen, Lofibra, TriCor and Triglide belongs to the family of drugs that help reduce cholesterol and triclygerides in the blood. It is known that high levels of these fats in the blood are associated with an increase of atherosclierosis. It may also be used for other purposes.
It is suggested that you not drink alcohol not even moderate drinking while using this drug as it will raise the level of triclygerides in the blood, counter effect the drug and damage yuour liver.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Do not use this drug if you have hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, severe kidney disease or gallbladder disease. Do not use this drug if you are breastfeeding.
Before starting this drug advise your physician if you have liver disease, kidney disease, hypothyroidism which is underactive thyroid gland or diabetes, are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant.
Less serious side effects are joint pain, indigestion, bloating, gas or symptoms of a rash. If these occur contact your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, unusual weakness or severe rash. If these occur get immediate medical help
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