Bezafibrate is used to lower raised cholesterol. Find out how to take it safely and possible side effects. Bezafibrate is also called Bezalip.
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What is bezafibrate?
Bezafibrate is used to lower cholesterol (mainly triglycerides) levels in your blood. Bezafibrate is usually used in combination with a statin in people with high triglyceride levels or it is prescribed when statins cannot be used to lower cholesterol.
In New Zealand bezafibrate is available as Bezalip® or modified-release tablets, Bezalip Retard®.
- Your dose of bezafibrate will depend on whether you have been prescribed Bezalip® or tBezalip Retard®.
- The usual dose of Bezalip® is 200 milligrams three times daily, and the usual dose of Bezalip Retard® is 400 milligrams once daily.
- Always take your bezafibrate exactly as your doctor has told you. The pharmacy label on your medicine will tell you how much bezafibrate to take, how often to take it, and any special instructions.
How to take bezafibrateBezalip®
Bezalip® is taken 2 or 3 times daily, with or after food. Take Bezalip at around the same times each day. To reduce your cholesterol, you must keep taking bezafibrate every day.Bezalip Retard®
Bezalip Retard® is taken once daily, with or after food. Swallow your tablets whole with a glass of water – do not chew, crush, or break them. To reduce your cholesterol, you must keep taking bezafibrate every day.
Precautions – before taking bezafibrate
- Do you have problems with your gallbladder?
- Do you have thyroid problems?
- Do you have problems with your liver or kidneys?
- Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?
- Are you are taking or using any other medicines? This includes any medicines you are using which are available to buy without a prescription.
If so, it’s important that you tell your doctor or pharmacist before you start taking bezafibrate. Sometimes a medicine isn’t suitable for a person with certain conditions, or it can only be used with extra care.
Like all medicines, bezafibrate can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. Often side effects improve as your body gets used to the new medicine.
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Bezafibrate may interact with a few medications and herbal supplements, so check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking bezafibrate or before starting any new medicines.
The following links provide further information on bezafibrate.
Medsafe Consumer Information Sheets:
- Bezafibrate New Zealand Formulary