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gemfibrozil (LOPID)


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Elevated Cholesterol Levels
The evidence for treatment, especially with cholesterol-lowering drugs, is much weaker for people who have not yet had the cardiovascular disease described above, known as primary prevention. This is especially so for those people who do not have more than one of the following risk factors: hypertension, diabetes, smoking, obesity, or a close family history of premature heart attacks or strokes.

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gemfibrozil (LOPID)
  • We list this drug as a Do Not Use drug because, unlike for other drugs for high cholesterol, there is no evidence that it decreases the risk of heart disease. It also causes cancer in animals.

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Important Drug Interactions for Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Atorvastatin (LIPITOR)
April 2021
Patients taking the commonly prescribed drug atorvastatin, which is a member of the statin family of cholesterol-lowering drugs, should be aware that it has clinically important interactions with many other prescription medications.
Important Drug Interactions for Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Simvastatin
June 2020
Patients taking the commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin (FLOLIPID, VYTORIN, ZOCOR) should be aware that it has clinically important interactions with many other prescription medications.
Colchicine Interactions with Other Drugs Can Be Life-Threatening
May 2019
Read about the many prescription medications that can interact in dangerous ways with colchicine, a commonly used drug for treatment of acute gout attacks.
Oral Drugs for Diabetes: Avoiding Hypoglycemia
May 2010
After explaining the symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) the article lists 42 prescription drugs that can interact with one or more diabetes drugs to increase the chance of hypoglycemia.
NEW DRUG INTERACTION WARNING! Repaglinide (PRANDIN) For Diabetes And The Cholesterol Lowering Drug Gemfibrozil (LOPID)
August 2003
The European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA) issued a public warning on May 21, 2003 not to use the combination of repaglinide (PRANDIN), a drug for lowering blood sugar in type-2 diabetics, and the cholesterol drug gemfibrozil (LOPID). The warning was based on a recent publication in the March 2003 issue of the medical journal Diabetologia that found the use of these two drugs in combination can enhance the blood sugar lowering effects of repaglinide and can thereby result in severe blood sugar lowering (hypoglycemia).