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1. What is LOPID and what is it used for?
Available in packs of LOPID 30 and 100 tablets. LOPID is a white, elliptical film-coated tablet.
LOPID belongs to a class of drugs called fibrates that control fats (lipids). Contains the active ingredient Gemfibrozil. LOPID reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) and fats (lipids) known as triglycerides, while increasing the good cholesterol (HDL) in your blood.
LOPID prevents cholesterol and fat from accumulating along your artery walls (a process known as atherosclerosis); This accumulation prevents your blood flow to your vital organs. It reduces your chances of getting heart disease, chest pain (angina), stroke and heart attack. LOPID can be used to prevent heart attack in men (which may not have "bad cholesterol") when other drugs (statins) cannot be used.
LOPID should be used in conjunction with other methods of reducing body fat, such as exercise, dietary changes, and weight loss.
2.How to use LOPID?
Instructions for proper use and dose/frequency of administration
Fat levels in your blood will be closely monitored and evaluated regularly before and during your treatment with LOPID. If you have diabetes or have problems with your thyroid, your doctor will try to treat these ailments before starting treatment. In addition, your doctor will advise you on proper nutrition, exercise, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol and losing weight if necessary.
The usual starting dose is between 900 mg and 1200 mg per day. Your doctor will decide the best dose for you. Follow the instructions given on the label. If you are advised to take a 1200 mg dose, you will need to take one 600 mg tablet half an hour before your breakfast and the second 600 mg tablet half an hour before your evening meal.
If you are advised to take a 900mg dose, you will need to take the dose (3 x 300mg capsules) half an hour before your evening meal.
Application route and method
It is taken orally.
It is recommended that tablets or capsules be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
different age groups
Use in children
LOPID is not recommended for children.
Use in the elderly
It is the same as the adult dosage.
Special use cases
For adults with mild or moderate kidney disease, your doctor will assess your condition before and during treatment with LOPID. Your treatment will begin with a dose of 900 mg per day and may be increased up to 1200 mg until you respond to treatment.
Use in the elderly
If you have the impression that the effect of LOPID is too strong or weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you use more LOPID than you should
If you accidentally take too many capsules or tablets, contact your doctor immediately or go to the accident and emergency department of the nearest hospital. Always take the labeled medicine pack with you, with or without LOPID.
If you have used more than you should use from LOPID, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to use LOPID
Do not worry if you forget to take a dose. Simply skip that dose and take the next dose on time. It is recommended that you follow all the advice given while taking LOPID so that you can fully benefit from the treatment.
Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten doses.
Effects that may occur when treatment with LOPID is terminated
If you stop taking LOPID, your condition may recur. Use LOPID for the entire duration of treatment, even if you start to feel better.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
3. What are the possible side effects?
Like all medicines, there may be side effects in people who are sensitive to the substances contained in LOPID.
Although serious allergic reactions are very rare, it is recommended that you contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms after taking LOPID.
- Sudden wheezing, difficulty breathing or dizziness, swelling of the eyelids, face, lips or throat
- Peeling and blistering of the skin, mouth, eyes and genitals
- Rash that affects your whole body
- Muscle weakness or fatigue accompanied by dark urine, fever, rapid heartbeat (palpitations), nausea, vomiting and facial swelling
Other reported side effects include:
Very common side effects (more than 1 in 10 patients):
Common side effects (seen in less than 1 in 10 patients):
- Dizziness caused by balance disorder (vertigo)
- Stomache ache
- Rash (especially itchy or swollen rash)
Uncommon side effects (affecting less than 1 in 100 patients):
- irregular heartbeat
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 patients):
- severe anemia
- Decrease in hemoglobin and hematocrit, which is the substance that gives color to the blood
- Decrease in white blood cell count