TriCor helps reduce cholesterol and triglycerides (fatty acids) in the blood. High levels of these types of fat in the blood are associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries).
TriCor is used to treat high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this TriCor:
- hepatitis or cirrhosis of the liver;
- severe kidney disease; or
- gallbladder disease.
Before using TriCor, tell your doctor if you have:
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland); or
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether TriCor is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. TriCor should not be used by nursing mothers. Do not take TriCor without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
TriCor has been associated with a rare but serious side effect of the muscles. Contact your doctor at once if you have unusual muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if accompanied by fever or flu-like feeling. Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using TriCor and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- severe stomach pain;
- nausea, vomiting;
- unusual weakness; or
Less serious TriCor side effects may include:
- joint pain;
- bloating or gas; or
- a rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.