Tricor is a cholesterol-lowering medicine used, in addition to an appropriate diet, to treat adults with high cholesterol. Tricor reduces bad cholesterol (LDL-C), total cholesterol, triglycerides, and apolipoprotein B; and increases good cholesterol (HDL-C). Tricor is used when diet and exercise alone have not lowered bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications while you are taking Tricor. Tricor may have an effect on medicines that help prevent blood clotting (such as the blood thinner warfarin). If you are taking Tricor with a blood thinner, your doctor will monitor your blood-clotting tests. Also, tell your doctor about any cholesterol-lowering medicines you may be taking as he or she will need to determine if the combination of Tricor and one of those medications is right for you.
Tricor can cause liver problems. Your doctor will monitor your liver function.
Tricor can increase your risk of developing gallstones. Call your doctor right away if you experience abdominal (stomach) pain, nausea, or vomiting. These may be signs of inflammation of your gallbladder or pancreas. Your doctor will also do studies to check for gallstones.
Tricor can cause serious muscle conditions that may lead to kidney damage. Your risk can increase if you are also taking other cholesterol-lowering medicines known as statins (atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, or pravastatin). Tell your doctor right away if you experience unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness, especially if you also have a fever or general body discomfort.
Tricor can cause pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), severe allergic reactions, and clotting problems.