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Gemfibrozil

Last updated on 30/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Gemfibrozil

CHINESE NAME: 吉非貝齊

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Lopid

DRUG CLASS: Lipid-regulating drugs

SUB CLASS: Fibrates

USED FOR: High blood levels of triglycerides, Hyperlipidemia

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 300mg (capsules)
– 600mg (tablets)

What is Gemfibrozil for?

Gemfibrozil 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.

How to use it?

Gemfibrozil can be taken orally as capsules or tablets. The usual dose is 600 mg twice daily, which renal impaired patients may need a lower dose.

What are the side effects of Gemfibrozil?

Common side effects of Gemfibrozil include dyspepsia, fatigue, vertigo, rash, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

Who should not take Gemfibrozil?

– People allergic to Gemfibrozil or any components of the formulation
– Patients with severe kidney or liver diseases
– Patients with gallbladder disease
– Patients concurrent use with Repaglinide, Selexipag, or Simvastatin

Pharmacist Tips:

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

Common dosing schedule:
Gemfibrozil should be taken 30 minutes before morning and evening meals.

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

Some common medications Gemfibrozil may interact with:
– Warfarin
– Cyclosporin
– Colchicine
– Cholestyramine
– Anticoagulants, e.g. Apixaban, Rivaroxaban
– Statins, e.g. Atorvastatin, Rosuvastatin 

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

Where to buy Gemfibrozil in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Gemfibrozil 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 https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Gemfibrozil 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.