FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FENOFIBRATES, TRIGLIDE® AND THE TRIGLIDE® SAVINGS CARD
Depending on your recent lipid profile, your doctor will decide whether or not a fenofibrate might help improve your profile scores by lowering your LDL-C, your triglyceride levels and by raising your HDL-C. Your doctor might prescribe a fenofibrate as an addition to recommending changes in diet and/or exercise.
Fenofibrates represent a category of drug; all fenofibrates—branded (like Triglide) or unbranded—share a number of common characteristics. One difference in Triglide is its bioavailability, a scientific term that refers to the body’s ability to absorb medications. Based on a manufacturing process using something known as IDD®-P MicroParticle technology, Triglide’s 160mg tablets exhibit equivalent bioavailability to 200mg fenofibrate capsules, micronized1.
Based on guidelines published in 2002 by the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP), your LDL-C is borderline at 130-159 mg/dl and high above 160. Your triglycerides are high at 200+ mg/dl and very high above 500. And your HDL-C is considered low (with increased risk) if it is less than 40 mg/dl. If you have questions about any of the numbers in your lipid profile, make sure to discuss them with your doctor.
TRIGLIDE® administration is contraindicated for patients with known hypersensitivity to fenofibrate or any of the formulation components, severe renal dysfunction, gallbladder disease, and/or hepatic dysfunction, including primary biliary cirrhosis and unexplained persistent liver function abnormality. Caution should be exercised when coumarin anticoagulants are given in conjunction with TRIGLIDE®. The combined use of TRIGLIDE® and HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors should be avoided unless the benefit of furthering alteration in lipid levels is likely to outweigh the increased risk of this drug combination. The most commonly observed side effects seen in fenofibrate therapy are abnormal liver function test results, respiratory disorders and abdominal pain.
The Triglide savings card is available to all first-time users of Triglide and offers a 30-day FREE trial and eleven 30-day refills with a co-pay of just $10/refill. You can download the savings card automatically at no charge or obtain one from your doctor. However, you must have a prescription from your doctor in order to purchase Triglide.