Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Fenofibrate


Last updated on 30/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Fenofibrate


BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Lipanthyl, Lexemin

DRUG CLASS: Lipid-regulating drugs

SUB CLASS: Fibrates

USED FOR: High blood levels of triglycerides, Hyperlipidemia

– 67mg, 100mg, 200mg, 300mg (capsules)
– 145mg, 160mg (tablets)

What is Fenofibrate for?

Fenofibrate is a type of fibrates, which increases the breakdown of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, “bad cholesterol”) so as to reduce LDL and triglyceride levels in blood. It is not a first-line agent in Hong Kong, but it is specifically targeted to hypertriglycemia patients. The detailed indications include:
– primary hypercholesterolemia or mixed dyslipidemia
– hypertriglyceridemia

How to use it?

Fenofibrate can be taken orally as tablets and capsules. Renal impaired patients may need a lower dose. 

For 67mg and 200mg capsules, the usual dose is 67mg three times daily or 200mg once daily. 

For 160mg tablets, the usual dose is once daily.

For other products, please consult your doctor or pharmacist for detailed instructions.

What are the side effects of Fenofibrate?

Common side effects of Fenofibrate include abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and rhinitis.

Who should not take Fenofibrate?

– People allergic to Fenofibrate or any components of the formulation.
– Patients with severe kidney or liver diseases.

Pharmacist Tips:

Lifestyle modification is the first line treatment for hyperlipidemia, which includes a healthy diet, regular exercise and weight management.

Common dosing schedule:
Some products need to be taken with meals, whereas the others do not require. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Fenofibrate may interact with:
– Statins, e.g. Simvastatin, Atorvastatin

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Fenofibrate in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Fenofibrate is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Fenofibrate in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.